Postgraduate Research

Doctoral training partnerships

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Funding your research

Our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) offer you skills training and funding for your postgraduate research. Join one of our DTPs and you'll work alongside leading academics in your subject.

Our three partnerships are funded by UK Research Councils, or other bodies, and have various names such as Doctoral Training Centres, Centres for Doctoral Training, or Doctoral Training Partnerships. They all offer you the same benefit: gain the skills and knowledge needed to tackle key issues facing our world today.

Click on the links below to each of our Doctoral Training Partnerships - ARIES, CHASE and SeNSS - to find out more information.

Other funding options

Besides the funding that our DTPs can provide, if you're thinking of starting a research degree at Essex, there are a range of other funding options and discounts which may be available to you, such as:

  • Research degree loans
  • Loyalty discounts
  • Scholarships
  • Bursaries

Visit our fees and funding page to learn more about how much it costs to study a research degree at Essex and explore our alternative sources of funding. We want to enable as many people as possible to undertake a postgraduate research degree, to help you pursue ground-breaking research and make a difference in the world.

Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research

The Soc-B CDT is a unique PhD training programme in biosocial research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in order to build capacity in this growing area of interdisciplinary scientific endeavour. The Soc-B Centre for Doctoral Training for Biosocial Research combines the strengths of UCL and the Universities of Manchester and Essex.

Soc-B studentships are based across social and biological science departments in three centres of excellence in biosocial research: UCL, University of Manchester and University of Essex. Soc-B PhD studentships are four-year (+4) studentships with the first year spent in project rotations and biosocial training before selecting a PhD research topic for years 2-4.

Information about 2022 studentships will be available soon.

Department: Institute for Social and Economic Research

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