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PG Research Finder

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Use our Research Finder to find the right PhD or supervisor for you. PhD study at Essex lets you investigate your topic in depth, develop new skills, enhance your professional development and build networks.

Postgraduate research

Choosing to be a postgraduate student at Essex is one of the few decisions in life that's black and white. Our research degrees and our culture of world-class research provides an outstanding and supportive environment in which to undertake your research study.

Doctoral support and training

Our unique doctoral training scheme, Proficio, enables our research students to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and helps them to manage their career development.

Academic staff

We are committed to excellence in research and excellence in education. Join us as a staff member and you'll be joining a top-ranking research-intensive university, with one of the most internationally diverse campuses in the UK.

Working in partnership

Our wealth of research expertise is helping to drive business forward. Working in partnership, through our world-leading research we're providing professional consultancy and hands-on operational support to businesses, from start-ups to multinationals.

Funding and training


Our Doctoral Training Centres offer PhD funding and skills training in a wide range of subject areas. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to tackle important issues facing the world today.

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.

Work with us

Our wealth of expertise is driving business forward. Work with us through our range of consultancy and knowledge-sharing services. Explore new opportunities in cutting-edge areas, from big data to environmental sustainability.

Research excellence

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked politics research at Essex the best in Britain, and we have re-confirmed our position as one of the UK's elite universities.