As a postgraduate research student in our department we welcome you into our scholarly community, helping you embrace the unfamiliar, stimulating a thirst and a hunger to explore.
A research degree is your opportunity to examine a specific topic in detail while working alongside our academic experts as part of our department’s research team.
Our academic staff have a huge variety of research interests, ranging from social and cultural history to politics and international relations. Postgraduates wishing to take research degrees can be accepted to research on a wide range of topics within the general field of history from the sixteenth century to the present.
Some of our current research student topics include leisure, society and marginal communities in Britain 1890-1950, the relationship between Nazi Germany and her South Eastern allies 1939-1945, entrepreneurship allied to the history of the theatre 1800-1830, and the intellectual circle of Thomas Plume 1630-1704.
We also welcome applications from students wishing to study part-time.
“I love the fact that my PhD gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in my work, and to spend time researching and developing my writing further. Having really enjoyed my undergraduate time and my MA at Essex, I feel very lucky to have been able to stay here and study further.”