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New Masters courses

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We now offer three new MSc courses in Big Data and Text Analytics, Cloud Computing and Multimedia Networking. You will gain the skills to operate in the new digital landscape, processing vast amounts of data over the web.

We have an international reputation for outstanding quality research and postgraduate training. By studying with us you will join a large and thriving community of taught Masters and postgraduate research students that provides an active and stimulating environment in which to learn and carry out research.

World-class researchers

You will be taught or supervised by our world-class team of academic staff who have a wide variety of research interests. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over two-thirds of our computer science research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). Our PhD students are seen as colleagues and we offer ample contact hours.

Outstanding research facilities

Our School has six computer laboratories exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. We also have specialist facilities available for research in a variety of fields including robotics, brain-computer interfaces, embedded systems, networking, semiconductor technology and printed circuit board manufacture.

Preparing for your future

We offer high-quality skills-based training that is invaluable for your CV and our Employability and Careers Centre is on hand to help with careers advice and planning. You will also have opportunities to present your research and travel to international conferences.

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.

PhD studentships

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Our Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) offers studentships in digital game research, design and development and artificial intelligence.

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.