Student profiles

Our current students tell you about their experiences of being a postgraduate at Essex. You can also find out what our graduates have been doing since they've left Essex.

Hear from our students

Falko, a PhD Sociology student, tells us how he became interested in researching Mexican drug trafficking and his experience of interviewing drug lords in the field.

PhD student Catherine Duxbury discusses her research on the links between sexism and speciesism in post-war Britain and how she is able to draw from a range of disciplines such as psychology and biological sciences at Essex.

She also speaks on her experience of being a Graduate Teaching Assistant and how she delivers sociology teaching to undergraduate students.

PhD student Christian tells us why he chose to stay on at Essex to undertake his PhD and discusses his study of the relationship between immigration policies and the human trafficking of African migrants in Malta.

Emma Milne, PhD Sociology

"My supervisor was one of the best researchers in our field of study and the Department was the best in the country for research. I received great student support in a welcoming, friendly and relaxing place."

Giacomo Orsini, PhD Sociology

"I relish the independence you are given to develop your own research, whilst being able to count on the support of experienced academics. Being able to interact with prominent researchers has been extremely challenging and enabled me to develop a very complex and multi-layered approach to the research I conduct."