We provide an active and stimulating environment to carry out your doctoral research.
Members of our school are active in research across a range of topics from the disciplines of applied mathematics, pure mathematics, data science, mathematics education, and operational research.
Our school offers three types of research degrees. Some of these can be done on a part-time basis, allowing you to fit your research around other commitments. More detail will be available on research degree course descriptions.
All of our research degrees include a viva once you have completed your thesis write up. A viva is an oral exam, in which you will discuss your findings with at least one academic from your school, and an external academic from another university who has relevant expertise.
Our academics supervise postgraduate research degrees across a range of areas of expertise, including pure and applied mathematics, actuarial science, bio-statistics, and operational research. Academics in our school have individual specialisms within these areas, and carry out research with other departments around the university. This gives you an opportunity to have co-supervision in an interdisciplinary area of research.
Our school operates an open door policy, meaning that members of staff will always endeavour to see you if they are available in their office. This enables you to have ample contact time with your supervisor.
You can use PGR Finder to search for courses and potential supervisors for your area of interest. You do not have to choose a supervisor before you apply, but it may help speed up the application process if you do. If you indicate your research topic or area of interest on your application form then we can match you with a suitable project supervisor.
However, please do feel free to browse our staff profiles and e-mail individuals to discuss your proposal. You can also contact our Graduate Administrator, who can put you in touch with potential supervisors as well as help with application, visa and general enquiries.
The University of Essex offers a unique professional development funding programme called "Proficio". All postgraduate research students are automatically enrolled on Proficio when they start at Essex.
Proficio allocates each PGR student funding (from £1000 for an MSD to £2500 for a PhD) which is used for professional development. This money can be spent on training courses run by the University, giving you the chance to learn additional skills. Part of this funding will be ring-fenced for conference attendance, a key part of your research degree journey.
Our school is part of the MAGIC Consortium, enabling you to remotely attend a wide range of PhD-level Mathematics courses delivered by researchers in universities across the UK.
We regularly advertise scholarship and studentship opportunities for postgraduate research degrees. This includes interdisciplinary projects that we are undertaking with other departments in our Faculty.