Our School has a large and thriving graduate research community. We provide an active and stimulating environment in our research groups to carry out your doctoral research under the supervision of one of our experienced academic staff.
Along with academics who are experts in their field of research, we have an extensive range of specialist labs and facilities for use by our researchers. We offer full-time and part-time routes to a research degree, so you can fit your research around other commitments in your life.
Our degrees are about more than research. You will gain experience in project management and communication, as well as support to develop your numerical and data analysis skills. All of this will help you in your future career, whether you're looking to join academia or intend to move into the private sector.
During your time with us you will have opportunities to present your research to your peers, both inside and outside our School, and deliver papers at international conferences. The University operates a unique professional development scheme, Proficio, which includes funding for conference fees and expenses.
Governments, technology companies and the Third Sector are increasingly looking for candidates with advanced specialist skills in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and privacy, and communications technology. Undertaking a research degree with us helps you develop those skills, setting you up for a rewarding career whatever path you choose.
At Essex we offer several research degree types, from a one year Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) through to a full PhD.
Whatever path you choose you will finish your degree by writing a thesis on your chosen research area with supervision from at least one our academics. You will then discuss your work and conclusions at a viva, an oral exam involving three academics (including an external academic from another university, with expertise in your field).
Part of the process for a research degree includes deciding on a topic to research (which will influence your thesis title), and finding an academic to supervise you.
Research in our department is centred around our research groups. As one of our postgraduate research students you will be a member of one of these groups, giving you the benefit of combined expertise from a collection of academics working in your specialist field of interest.
Undertaking a research degree is an investment in your future. To help with this the School and University have various avenues of support for our postgraduate research students that help you get the best out of your time with us.