Postgraduate Virtual Week

Learn more about studying a postgraduate degree with us in 2021 and beyond.

  • Mon 1 - Fri 5 Feb 21


  • Online

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Student Recruitment

  • Contact details

    Events Team

Join us online for a week packed full of events to get you thinking about postgraduate study at Essex in 2021.

Spread throughout the week we'll introduce you to our academic departments, our research excellence and impact, and we'll cover fees and funding, and how to apply. You will also have opportunities to speak with staff and students, and ask questions.

View our Programme below for full details on this event.

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"The opportunities at Essex are infinite and invaluable. One remarkable thing that I love about the University is its cultural diversity and the considerable number of international students. I am learning not only from my teachers but also from my classmates who come from all around the world and are willing to share their stories. Essex has several societies to join where you can learn a lot of things while sharing laughter and skills with other students. This is an opportunity that everyone needs to take."
Santiago Laguna Aldana MA Migration Studies student

Programme for the week


Welcome to the University of Essex - 17.00 (GMT)

In the opening session of our Postgraduate Virtual Week, we'll introduce you to the University of Essex and explain our programme of talks and sessions for the week. Join us online to learn more about us and our university.

Time: 17.00 (GMT)

Zoom link to attend the talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/91689853433

Get to know your Department - from 9.00 (GMT)

Throughout the day we are hosting talks on Zoom which will introduce you to our subject areas and Departments. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after each session. There will be mostly different sessions on Tuesday, so please check both days for your subject area.

Subject Speaker(s) Time (all are GMT) Zoom link 
Mathematical sciences Professor Berthold Lausen 9.00-10.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/91803909265
Psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies Dr Kevin Lu 10.00-11.00 https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/95057189882
Accounting and finance  Neal Robertson and Dr Thanos Verousis 11.00-12.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/99562463128 
Psychology  Dr Vanessa Loaiza and Dr Rael Dawtry  12.00-13.00 https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92411322724
Language and linguistics  Professor Monika Schmid and Dr Christina Gkonou 12.00-13.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/91835991811
Sport and exercise science Dr Ed Hope 13.00-14.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92661632501 
Social work  Caroline Bald  14.00-15.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/95106115630
Philosophy  Professor Fabian Freyenhagen  15.00-16.00 https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/97658290625 
Drama  Dr Mary Mazzilli  15.00-16.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/95073227378 
Creative writing Professor Phil Terry and Dr Holly Pester  16.00-17.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/95077105638


Get to know your Department - from 10.00 (GMT)

Throughout the day we are hosting talks on Zoom which will introduce you to our subject areas and Departments. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after each session.

Subject Speaker(s) Time (all are GMT) Zoom link 
Economics  Dr Ben Etheridge  10.00-11.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/94951391149
Speech and language therapy Maria Miranda Rivera  10.00-11.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/97891236574
Occupational therapy  Dr Simone Coetzee and Dr Lindsey Nicholls 11.00-12.30  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/93633509806
Politics  Professor Philip Leifeld  11.00-12.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92580462586 
The Essex MBA  Neal Robertson  12.00-13.00  Click here
Sociology and criminology  Dr Alexandra Cox  12.00-13.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/99357234896 
Art history and curating  Dr Gavin Grindon  13.00-14.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/96890419899 
Health and social care (CPD) Penny Hodgkinson
13.00-14.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/91923836904
Oral health science  Dr Nick Barker  13.45-14.15  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/99104487503
Clinical psychology  Dr Frances Blumenfeld 14.00-15.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92055149317
History  Dr Felix Schnell  14.00-15.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92580462586 
Computer science and engineering Professor Reinhold Scherer
Mathematical sciences Professor Berthold Lausen  14.00-15.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/93889996341 
Business, marketing and entrepeneurship  Becca Coster and Dr Erik Jacobi  14.30-15.30  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92853181743 
Life sciences Dr Corrine Whitby  15.00-16.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/95942785670
Interdisciplinary studies (covering MA Environment, Society and Culture and MA Digital Heritage and Museum Studies) Dr Lisa Blackmore, Dr Matt Burch and Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco 15.00-16.00  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/96792767399 
Law Dr Marios Koutsias and Dr Tuba Turan  15.30-16.30  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/98762605306 
Film studies  Dr Daniel O'Brien and Professor Shohini Chaudhuri  17.30-18.30  https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/92984235796


Speak to your regional representative - from 6.00 (GMT)

Our regional teams will be hosting drop-in sessions throughout the day, so come and meet us and ask all your Essex questions.


  • Asia: 6.00-12.00 (GMT)
  • Middle East and Pakistan: 13.00-15.00 (GMT)
  • Europe and Africa: 15.00-17.00 (GMT)
  • Americas: 19.00-21.00 (GMT)

Zoom link to join any of these sessions on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/91610184933

Continuing your studies at Essex - 15.00 (GMT)

If you're a current Essex student or you recently studied with us and have since graduated, this session is dedicated to you. Find out about our generous Alumni Loyalty Discount and bursary, and for current students, how you can apply using our fast-track application form!

Time: 15.00 (GMT)

Zoom link to attend this talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/95764083916

Applying to Essex - 16.00 (GMT)

Applying to a University can be a little daunting, but it doesn't have to be! In this talk, hosted by our admissions experts, we'll unpick the process around applying to Essex, to hopefully help make this as easy for you as possible. There will be a Q&A after this session where you can ask questions.

Time: 16.00 (GMT)

Zoom link to attend this talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/99680249486

Fees and funding - 17.00 (GMT)

Get answers to your questions that relate to our postgraduate tuition fees and how you can fund your studies. We have a wide range of funding sources available for all students to consider, including loans, scholarships, bursaries and discounts. Join us in our sessions for either UK applicants or EU and international applicants to learn more. There will be a Q&A after both sessions where you can ask questions.

Student visas - 18.00 (GMT)

If you are an international student and will require a visa to study in the UK, join us in this session to learn about what you will need to do to secure a visa for your period of study at Essex.

Time: 18.00 (GMT)

Zoom link to attend this talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/s/93771448284


Focus on research - 16.00 (GMT)

Today we are turning our attention to our ground-breaking research and studying a PhD at Essex. We'll have a talk from our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Professor Sanja Bahun.

Time: 16.00 (GMT)

Zoom link to attend this talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/98813920210

Academic research panels - 10.30 and 15.30 (GMT)

We will also have two separate research panels, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, featuring some of our leading academics who will talk about their fascinating research projects that are underway at Essex.

    First panel

    Academics on our first panel will be:

    • Felix Schnell, whose research focuses on soldiers’ letters, diaries and patterns of capturing violence in language.
    • Noam Lubell, who will be discussing use of artificial intelligence in the military and whether we should legally ban ‘killer robots’.
    • Koldo Casla, who is a human rights expert and focuses on social rights and inequalities in England.

    Second panel

    Academics on our second panel will be:

    • Dan O’Brien, whose research is on post-phenomenology in screen and digital media which considers audience engagement in film, interactive media art and computer gaming.
    • Sarah Smyth, who will be discussing issues in women’s authorship and representation in film and television.
    • Tracy Lawson, whose research is on plant physiology and in particular how stomatal kinetics influence photosynthesis and water use efficiency.


    How to apply to Essex (Q&A session) - 9.00 (GMT)

    Today we'll be hosting two drop-in Q&A sessions, followed by two talks.

    The first of our two Q&A sessions will help you understand how to apply to Essex. As this is a Q&A session, please come prepared with questions that you would to get answers to.

    Time: 9.00 (GMT)

    Zoom link to attend this session on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/99416911790

    Funding for UK applicants (Q&A session) - 10.00 (GMT)

    If you're a UK applicant, the second of our two drop-in Q&A sessions will help you to understand what your options are when it comes to finding and securing one or more sources of funding for your postgradate degree at Essex. We'll be discussing loans, discounts, bursaries and scholarships. As this is a Q&A session, please come prepared with questions that you would like to get answers to.

    Time: 10.00 (GMT)

    Zoom link to attend this session on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/99873375151

    Funding for EU and international applicants - 10.00 (GMT)

    In the first of our two talks today we will discuss what sources of funding are available for EU and international students who are planning to study a postgraduate degree at with us in the academic year 2021-22.

    Time: 10.00 (GMT)

    Zoom link to attend this talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/j/98910107254

    Student visas - 11.00 (GMT)

    In this talk we will cover what a student visa is, whether you need one to study in the UK and how you would go about getting one. This talk is aimed at international students.

    Time: 11.00 (GMT)

    Zoom link to attend this talk on the day: https://essex-university.zoom.us/s/99985949312

    Chat with Essex staff - from 11.00 (GMT)

    Throughout the day if you have any other questions that haven't been covered by our talks and sessions this week, jump onto Live Chat to chat with a member of staff, who will be available from 11.00-17.00 (GMT).

    Chat with Essex students - from 12.00 (GMT)

    You can also use Unibuddy to chat with some of our postgraduate student ambassadors about their experience of being an Essex student from 12.00-14.00 (GMT).

    "When I first came to Essex at an open day in 2012, I was struck by the diversity on campus. Throughout my time I have met and lived with people from around the world, which has been amazing. The Department of History has provided excellent support during my studies, from help with funding applications to regular feedback and support with my doctoral work. In 2019 I undertook fieldwork for my PhD in Zimbabwe based in Harare and I did my research in the National Archives. Since returning to Essex in 2020, the University has been excellent in providing support during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
    Ryan Clarke PhD History student
    "A friend of mine who studied at Essex recommended the University to me, and because it has one of the best language and linguistics departments in the UK I decided to do a Masters degree here. My course is very interesting and I am really enjoying it. I share a flat in the Quays accommodation with other postgraduate students, and have met other friends through the Islamic Society and the volleyball club. I would strongly advise anyone to come to Essex because it has an excellent academic reputation and offers a great environment for study."
    Abdulrahman Al-Fahad MA Linguistics student