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

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    Events Team

Our Postgraduate Virtual Week was packed full of talks and sessions to get you thinking about postgraduate study at Essex in 2021.

Throughout the week we introduced our academic departments and subjects, our research excellence and impact, and discussed how you can fund your studies and how to apply. 

Couldn't attend live?

We hope you were able to attend some of our talks live and found them helpful and interesting. But if you missed anything, our talks were recorded and can be watched whenever is convenient for you. Discover our on-demand content below.

Want a taste of a Masters?

This year we're also hosting a Postgraduate Webinar Series, which includes short postgraduate courses that offer an insight into studying a Masters degree.


On-demand content

Welcome to the University of Essex

In the opening session of our Postgraduate Virtual Week, we introduced the University of Essex and explained our programme of talks and sessions for the week. Watch this talk to learn more about us and our university.

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Get to know your Department (Day 1)

We hosted talks which introduced our subject areas and academic Departments.

Subject Speaker(s) Video link
Data science, applied data science, actuarial science, statistics and mathematics Professor Berthold Lausen Watch here
Psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies Dr Kevin Lu Watch here
Accounting and finance  Neal Robertson and Dr Thanos Verousis Watch here
Psychology  Dr Vanessa Loaiza and Dr Rael Dawtry  Watch here
Sociology and criminology  Dr Alexandra Cox  Watch here
Language and linguistics  Professor Monika Schmid and Dr Christina Gkonou Watch here
Theatre and directing Matthew Lloyd  Watch here
Hospitality Andrew Boer  Watch here
Sport and exercise science Dr Ed Hope Watch here
Social work  Caroline Bald  Watch here
Philosophy  Professor Fabian Freyenhagen  Watch here
Creative writing Professor Phil Terry and Dr Holly Pester  Coming soon

Get to know your Department (Day 2)

On our second day, we hosted further talks which introduced more of our subject areas and academic Departments.

Subject Speaker(s) Video link
Economics  Dr Ben Etheridge  Watch here
Speech and language therapy Maria Miranda Rivera  Watch here
Occupational therapy  Dr Simone Coetzee and Dr Lindsey Nicholls Watch here
Politics  Professor Philip Leifeld  Watch here
The Essex MBA  Neal Robertson  Watch here
Art history and curating  Dr Gavin Grindon  Watch here
Health and social care (CPD) Penny Hodgkinson
Watch here
Oral health science  Dr Nick Barker  Watch here
Clinical psychology  Dr Frances Blumenfeld Watch here
History  Dr Felix Schnell  Coming soon
Computer science and engineering Professor Reinhold Scherer
Watch here
Business, marketing and entrepreneurship  Becca Coster and Dr Erik Jacobi  Watch here
Life sciences (research degrees) Dr Corrine Whitby  Watch here
Life sciences (Masters courses)  Dr Michael Steinke Watch here
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 Watch here
Law Dr Marios Koutsias and Dr Tuba Turan  Watch here
Literature Dr Jak Peake and Dr Owen Robinson  Watch here
Literature, film, and theatre studies (research degrees) Dr Daniel O'Brien  Watch here

Applying to Essex

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 unpick the process around applying to Essex, to hopefully help make this as easy for you as possible.

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Continuing your studies at Essex

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

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Funding your studies

We have a wide range of funding sources available for all students to consider, including loans, scholarships, bursaries and discounts. Our two funding talks - the first dedicated to UK students, the second for both EU and international students - will hopefully give you the answers you're looking for.

Student visas

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

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Focus on research

In this talk our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Professor Sanja Bahun, introduces our research excellence and impact, and discusses what it is like to study a research degree at Essex.

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Academic research panels

We have two academic research panels featuring some of our leading academics who talk about their fascinating research projects that are underway at Essex.

    First panel

    Academics on our first panel are:

    • 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 are:

    • 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.
    "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
    "When I first came to Essex at an open day, 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
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