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Why Essex?

If you want to be supervised and supported by world-leading academics, join Essex as a postgraduate research student. We are the UK's top university for social science and rank ninth in the UK for the overall quality of our research (RAE, 2008), which is widely regarded as the most prestigious measure of an institution.

Our postgraduates form a lively and supportive 3,000-strong community. The brightest and the best come to Essex to further their studies by being immersed in cutting-edge thinking and developments in a range of disciplines, as well as enjoy the broader experience which we offer.

Our staff provide one-to-one guidance and our postgraduate courses equip you with the skills demanded by today's employers in a highly competitive world, ensuring that you're at the forefront of the future.

You'll also benefit from Proficio, our innovative and unique doctoral training scheme.

Why we're unique

We provide a home for the talented and the tenacious, the brave and the bold, and those who are impatient for change. Challenging convention is in our DNA, so we welcome rebels with a cause. Only by encouraging you to ask difficult questions can we break intellectual boundaries. At Essex we extend the frontiers of knowledge and pioneer solutions to issues of global concern. We give you genuine licence to shape what goes on around you and take intellectual risks so that as well as learning 'how', you challenge 'why'.

Gareth tells us what he enjoyed about studying in our Department of History and how he felt he was encouraged to be bold and experimental in his learning.

As a postgraduate you are a member of our University for life. From your first contact with us to beyond graduation, you can be an active member of our mutually supportive community, immersing yourself in conferences, symposia, seminars and professional networks. You can build friendships, develop interests and embrace values which transform your life and career, and those of others. At Essex we win awards for our pioneering student support schemes. We are the most recent winners of the prestigious Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Support for Students.

Mature student Deana describes her amazing Essex experience. She tells us why she chose to study here, how easy she found it to settle in, and recalls her fantastic stand-out memory.

We create an environment that reflects and supports our founding philosophy: an intimate yet genuinely international university that fuses ideas, cultures and perspectives, where internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. At Essex, the world truly is in one place. Here you develop cultural sensitivity as well as a genuine worldview that prepares you for life as a global citizen.

In this video Hristina tells us about her experience of studying sociology at our University, how she became the president of the Bulgarian society and what she enjoyed about living in Towers.

We believe that curiosity can be as profound in creating change as experience, so our students work closely with our academics, informing and actively participating in research. We equip you with the skills to research, stimulate your curiosity to question conventional wisdom, and nurture your desire to pursue new ideas – enduring life skills which prepare you for personal and professional success.

PhD student Christian tells us why he chose to stay on at Essex to undertake his PhD and discusses his study of the relationship between immigration policies and the human trafficking of African migrants in Malta. He also speaks about his experience of teaching on the module "Globalisation and Crime", how his research feeds into his teaching and how his students' insights refresh his research.