Students Staff

Graduate events

Graduate seminars

Our postgraduates organise an ongoing programme of seminars that provide regular opportunities for students to present work to their peers in an informal setting. All students are welcome to attend the seminars.

Graduate conference

We host an annual Graduate Conference organised by our postgraduate students. The programme is chosen following a call for papers and includes graduate presenters from Essex, as well as institutions across the UK, Europe and the world.

Previous graduate conferences

  • Themes and keynotes from previous graduate conferences

    Social Responsibility and Art since the 1960s: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, May 2015
    • Keynote speaker: Dr Andrés Montenegro Rosero, University College London
    Performing money: the problematic of performance and the art market, June 2014
    • Keynote speaker: Dr Matthew Bowman, University of Essex
    Art and maps since 1945, June 2013
    • Keynote speaker: Professor Jonathan Harris, University of Southampton
    Photography and the unrepresentable: a history of photographic (mis)representation
    • Keynote speaker: Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds

Centre for Curatorial Studies exhibitions

Every year graduate students from our Centre for Curatorial Studies organise and curate exhibitions at our University’s Art Exchange gallery as part of their course.

Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.

MA courses

MA courses

Our MA courses offer in-depth study across a range of specialisms in art history from the renaissance to the present, including curating and Latin American art, and are an excellent preparation for PhD study and careers in the art world.



The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is a unique research and teaching resource giving our students the chance to engage with over 750 artworks from 1900 to the present.

PhD study

Postgraduate research study

By undertaking PhD study at Essex, you will become a member of an exciting and active research community, and benefit from the expert supervision of our internationally recognised staff.