School of Life Sciences

Scholarships and funding

Supporting your studies

We offer funding opportunities to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships, and postgraduate research studentships within the School and from ARIES DTP.


Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensure we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Search our Scholarship Finder to see the funding you can apply for.

PhD studentships

PhD studentships are offered by the Faculty of Science and Health, the School of Life Sciences, ARIES (NERC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership) and the EU (Horizon 2020). Details of our current opportunities are listed below. For further information, please contact the Graduate Administrator, Emma Revill (

Persistent chemical threats in the estuarine environment: sources and solutions to marine water quality challenges in the Native European Oyster 

This PhD will focus on determining the distribution, type, abundance and source of PAHs in the Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in Essex, UK. Importantly the project will determine whether the distribution of PAHs in the sediments, water and catchment infrastructure impact wild shellfish beds, and particularly protected native oyster beds in the MCZ.

Lead department: School of Life Sciences

Closing date:15 March 2020 (We are looking for the studentship to start as soon as possible in 2020, with April 2020 at the latest. As a result we may terminate the search if a suitable candidate is found before the deadline)

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MSD Studentships

A Master of Science by Disseration (MSD) is a one-year research degree. The School of Life Sciences offers several MSD courses in a range of specialist subjects.

We do not currently have an MSD studentship opportunities available.

PhD studentships - ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership

The ARIES (“Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences”) DTP trains postgraduate research students (PGRs) with excellent potential from across society, equipping them with the necessary skills to become 21st Century Scientists: leaders in the science and sustainable business of the natural environment. ARIES brings together expertise from five universities and over forty research-users.

We do not currently have any ARIES studentships available. If you would like more information about the ARIES DTP at Essex please email

Why should you do your research at Essex?

At the University of Essex, you can perform exciting research with excellent supervision that strikes the balance between guidance and encouraging independence.

You belong to intellectually stimulating research groups, and, importantly, will find a friendly, supportive environment within departments and across the university.

Through our unique professional development scheme Proficio, Essex provides outstanding financial support for training, field work, and conference participation.

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If you're one of our graduates, studied abroad with us, or have a spouse or partner studying here as a full-time international student paying overseas fees, we'll give you a loyalty discount of up to 33% on the tuition fee for your first year of postgraduate study at Essex.

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