Do you want to explore the science of the mind? In Psychology at Essex, our research is about "understanding our place in the world". We thread this through our teaching and research, taking a multi-method approach to uncover the hidden processes in the brain.
We know that psychology research cannot be carried out in silos. How we develop as a child impacts our relationships, our emotions affect how we make decisions, and neuro-cognitive disorders impact our ability to communicate.
This means that you will undertake your research in an open and supportive environment as part of an interdisciplinary department. Along with access to our excellent facilities and support from academics and our technicians, you will be encouraged to develop academic and professional skills through a unique approach to research training.
Our support for postgraduate researchers is recognised through our role as part of the ESRC-funded doctoral training partnership (DTP); South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS). Our staff have also won awards for their work in research and education.
"A research degree from our department offers you the chance to really dig into a research question, to become an expert in a topic and to develop research skills that can help advance your career, either in academia or outside. Drawing on our range of specialist labs and facilities including online experiment tools, cutting-edge equipment and software, you will be able to follow your curiosity to provide new findings for the wider scientific community. We work hard to make sure that students can achieve all this and more."
Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Science and Health may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages.
Please read the adverts carefully as different projects may have different types of funding available.
“My best memory, so far, was when I was told my first paper was accepted into a journal, it was such an achievement. Once I have completed my PhD, I would love to become a lecturer. Essex is one of the leading universities for research, so completing a research degree here will stand me in very good stead when I start applying for jobs.”