This page will give you lots of information about applying for a postgraduate research degree (such as a PhD), but if you're actually thinking of studying a postgraduate taught course (such as a Masters), check out our taught course page here.
When you apply to study with us, you'll need to provide a number of supporting documents - we can't process your application until we have these. Some of these documents you will have to upload with your application, others you may be able to upload at a later date. We may ask to see original documents if you are offered a place.
We recommend that you apply before 1 July for our research degrees starting in October. Application deadlines for October 2020 will be confirmed shortly. You should take into account any deadlines for funding applications, such as scholarships, or time needed to obtain a student visa, if required.
We aim to respond to applications within four weeks once we have received all the relevant documents from you.
When you create your application, you will be issued with an application number (DE number), which is your unique reference number with us. You can use this to create your account on our myEssex for Applicants.
If we offer you a place, we send you our decision electronically. You will be able to view and download your offer letter from myEssex within 24 hours of a decision being made. We will send you an email with instructions on this. You should use myEssex to accept your place and to keep us informed of any changes to your contact details by updating them online.
Before starting your course you need to consider how you are going to fund your studies. Depending on your course, funding deadlines will change.
The Graduate Admissions Feedback Policy provides information on how to request feedback if your postgraduate application is unsuccessful. Please note that feedback is not available for all postgraduate courses, and this is explained within the policy.
Why limit your learning to the classroom? We want our postgraduate research students to leave Essex with as broad a range of experiences as possible, so we give all our research students up to £2,500 to access a variety of courses as part of our innovative research training scheme, Proficio. These courses cover everything from languages and IT, to research skills and public engagement, so that you develop skills that you can use in academic and industry. The scheme also enables you to network with other postgraduate research students and is designed to provide you with the resources to maintain the highest levels of research skills.