Department of Psychology

Research Experience Scheme

Real world research experience

Our Research Experience Scheme (RES) gives you the opportunity to work alongside our academics on an ongoing research project. 

Placements last for one term, and you'll volunteer for five hours per week, helping a researcher with tasks including library research, construction of materials for experiments, experiment design, and the collection, entry, organisation and analysis of data.

The scheme is open to undergraduate and taught postgraduate (Masters) students. 

How to apply

Places are limited and so the scheme is highly competitive. 

You should prepare your application carefully and it must include:

  • a short letter in which you explain your interest in the relevant research project and motivation for working with the researcher, and
  • a one page CV.

Email your application to Dr Keith May (keith.may@essex.ac.uk, RES organiser).


Staff members will select students based on their qualifications and research interests. You may be asked to attend an interview.

If your application is successful then you will be expected to participate for one full term.
I can wholeheartedly say that choosing to be a part of the RES was one of the best decisions I have made during my time as a student. Participating in the RES is a great way to gain much needed experience in the field of research, which is particularly useful for those interested in an academic career. 
Dr Ana Gheorghiu senior research officer, department of psychology 

Other ways to gain research experience

Our University runs an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, which gives you the opportunity to apply for research placements in various departments.