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Are you looking for a postgraduate research opportunity?

We offer a wide variety of studentships and other research opportunities throughout the year. As a research student, you'll work with at least one academic supervisor and be given research training to help you gain skills in research methodology.

Please read the adverts carefully as different projects may have different types of funding available.

Interdisciplinary studentships

Sustainable Transitions - Governance, Ecological Management and Society - Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme 2024-25

This is an opportunity to conduct fully funded interdisciplinary research under the Sustainable Transitions Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme at the University of Essex.

Each research project will be interdisciplinary in nature and supervised by expert academics drawn from two (and in certain instances three) of the following five disciplines at the University - Business, Government, Law, Life Sciences and Sociology - to address specific challenges.

There are eight different projects that you can apply for under the programme:

Faculty of Science and Health studentships

Drive and Sort

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex is offering one PhD research Studentship for an exceptional student, starting in October 2024 studying PhD Computer Science or PhD Electronic Systems.


Level: Postgraduate Research

Year of entry: 2024-2025

Country: All

Department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Further information can be found here.


Engineering Living Biological System Towards Artificial Embodied Intelligence

We offer two PhD projects that aim to advance biological embodied biocomputing systems that merge artificial intelligence with the innate adaptability and self-repair capabilities of biological entities, further promoting sustainability while running under at target carbon-neutral operation levels.

Department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering 

Closing date: 23rd May 2024

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Adaptive embedded hardware systems for Net Zero

This PhD studentship aims to demonstrate the possibility of extending the lifetime of IoT devices from several years to several decades through a combination of novel hardware/software co-design approach and machine learning based self-healing techniques.

Department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering 

Closing date: 23rd May 2024

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Responsible AI

Working with UN agencies and other partners, this studentship will research responsible Al technologies in forced displacement contexts in relation to prediction, protection, and the reduction of vulnerability for people on the move.

The student will either work on AI Methods to detect and predict forced displacement or on privacy protected edge computing and machine learning to protect vulnerable people.

Department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering 

Closing date: 5th June 2024

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Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Humanities may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages, which will be advertised here when available.

Project name: Catalysts for Change and Collaborations in New Writing for the Stage: Theatre Underground, University of Essex and Mercury Theatre 1979-96

Funding: CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Studentship

Deadline: Tuesday 28 May

Overview: This project explores the history of Theatre Underground (1979-96), University of Essex campus theatre, and the relationships it forged between ‘town and gown’. New writing for the stage brought to life significant events in local history and new drama in translation brought world theatre to Essex. Research will focus on the Theatre Underground archive at the University of Essex. At the Mercury Theatre Colchester, interpretations of the production materials will be explored with theatre practitioners; and public engagement workshops, led by the student, will seek interviews with alumni and audience members of Theatre Underground.