Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Research degrees

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Develop new knowledge about the mind

Your research degree gives you the chance to investigate the topic that fascinates you in depth and reach a profound understanding.

You can develop new knowledge through your independent research for your thesis, and acquire new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks.

We offer a number of routes to study at doctoral level, including PhD by research and a taught PhD Refugee Care. Our active research community is full of PhD students and Post-Doctoral Fellows who, in addition to the staff, provide a stimulating and congenial environment.

Our staff include professors of psychoanalysis and Jungian psychology, and staff who represent many interests in psychoanalysis and other fields.

Explore our research degrees
Why choose us?
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Access to Freud's original letters and research for your studies.
  • Located within one of the UK's leading universities for social sciences (REF 2014) - you work with senior clinicians and world-class scholars.
"Not only has my research been published by a renowned publishing house, but I am leading new research that combines legal and psychological aspects in Italy within a transnational project."
Monica Luci Phd refugee care

Access to Freud's work

You can use Freud's original letters and papers in your work through the Freud Archive.

This collection of his work was donated to Essex and presides in the University's library. You also have access to our own library of specialist books and journals, to help with your learning and research.

Apply to study with us

Read our application documents to find out more about how to apply: