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PhD studentships

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PhD studentships are now open for 2017 entry - view and apply now. Projects range across the spectrum of our expertise.

We give you the opportunity to take up postgraduate studies either throughtaught Masters courses or research-based programmes including PhD, MPhil, MSD and MD.

Our research covers a wide range of areas, from the genome to communities and ecosystems, allowing the opportunity for developing novel ideas and inter-disciplinary projects. Our research is supported by modern, well-equipped facilities managed by trained technicians and research officers.

The postgraduate community

Our courses are demanding and enjoyable with the multi-disciplinary environment enabling courses to provide targeted training in specialist areas of biological science. Staff and students work closely with each other, while the open door policy that operates in our laboratory facilities and common room allows you to collaborate and seek advice easily.

Leading research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), two-thirds of our research was rated as being of 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' quality. We receive funding for research from the UK government, medical charities and the European Union (EU). Our strong focus on research means you are taught by some of the best academics in your chosen subject. They are passionate about what they do and are driven to help you succeed.

Preparing for your future

We aim to ensure that you are ready to pursue your chosen career when you leave us. Support is available from our Employability and Careers Centre and through our Faculty Employability team. We work to make sure you have the skills employers are looking for, like practical knowledge of working in a laboratory or the ability to collate and analyse data. Our students' experience was reflected in the last National Student Survey for 2016, where we achieved 90% overall satisfaction.

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

PG events

Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.

Find a scholarship

Find a scholarship

Search our Scholarship Finder to see the funding we have for you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensure we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

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.