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. 

Email your application to Dr Kevin Dent (kdent@essex.ac.uk, RES organiser). Your email must include: 

  1. a one page CV in Word or PDF format attached to the email; 
  2. a list of any members of staff you would like to work with, in order of preference, with your preferred choice at the start of the list (you can list as many of the staff as you like from the list below);
  3. FOR EACH MEMBER OF STAFF ON YOUR LIST OF PREFERENCES, attach a separate short letter (in Word or PDF format) in which you explain your interest in the research project and motivation for working with the researcher.

Please send your application as soon as possible and no later than 9:00am Friday 12th October (Week 2). 

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.