Founded by Sir Albert Sloman during the peak of the counterculture, the University of Essex was built to be “a new kind of university…where research really matters.” Almost sixty years later, this dedication remains at the core of our mission. We continue to enrol innovative, talented people from all backgrounds to conduct world-class research and are consistently ranked in the UK’s top 25 universities for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).


We offer a range of research degrees and PhDs across social science, business, law, humanities, science and health. Most of our degrees are available in both full and part-time options giving you flexibility to fit your research around your personal commitments.

Receiving support is a key feature of your research experience at Essex.  You will be allocated a supervisor to help guide you through, with regular face-to-face progression meetings. Twice a year you will also meet with the supervisory board to formally discuss your progress and confirm your plans for the next six months.

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Postgraduate students can benefit from a range of scholarships, bursaries and country-specific funding opportunities. You also have access to several Doctoral training centre studentships that cover Social Science, Humanities and Environmental Science. These are hosted by ARIES (Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences), CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England) and SeNSS (South East Network for Social Sciences).

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£2,500 Proficio training

All Essex research students will receive up to £2,500 funding towards training courses and conferences listed on the Proficio platform. After completing an introductory course, you will be registered to the Proficio scheme where you can take full control and customise the training that is right for you.

Learn more about the Proficio training scheme here

Alumni Discount

Great news! If you’re already an Essex graduate, you may also qualify for our Alumni Loyalty Discount with up to 33% off tuition fees for a year. This is available to students who have received a First or Distinction in their degree at Essex or one of our partner institutions.

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Join us in 2022

Join us in 2022 to gain your research degree or PhD. Develop your high-level skills, open new opportunities in your profession, and open doors to other careers.

Learn more about the courses we offer and funding opportunities on our website.

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

Home, EU and international students

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