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Fees and scholarships


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For postgraduate research fee information, please email us.

Loyalty discounts

If you are applying for a postgraduate course and have previously studied at Essex, you could be eligible for a loyalty discount on the first year of your postgraduate tuition fees.


We offer many funding opportunities to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships.

Scholarships and prizes

  • PhD studentship: 'Body, Self and Family: Women's Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain. c. 1960-1990' (closing date: 1 September 2017)

    This three-year PhD studentship, available from 1 October 2017, is part of a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award held by Dr Tracey Loughran entitled 'Body, Self and Family: Women's Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c. 1960-1990'. The project as a whole explores women's experiences at different stages of the life cycle, emphasising the interplay of body, mind and emotion, how women negotiated different sources of expertise and authority, and how new reproductive and contraceptive technologies affected experiences of 'embodied time'.

    The successful applicant will conduct research on depictions of health and illness in magazines aimed at young girls in this period, supplemented by oral history interviews with magazine readers. The researcher will have some freedom to shape the project as she chooses within this remit, but in order to fit in with the broader project will be expected to consider issues such as changing forms of communication around health and illness; approaches to body image and emotional health; and how magazines helped to shape relationships with formal and familial authorities.

    Entry requirements and application procedures

    The successful applicant must have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in History or a related discipline, and should hold, or be close to completing, a Master degree in History or a related discipline. Ideally they would also be able to demonstrate:

    • Experience of research on magazines/ newspapers and/or oral history interviews;
    • Experience of researching twentieth-century experiences of gender or health and illness;
    • Openness to interdisciplinary methods of working.

    Further details of the project, additional questions and queries about the studentship can be addressed in the first instance to Tracey Loughran. The intended start date for this fully-funded PhD studentship is 2 October 2017. This studentship will be to the value of £19,919 per annum plus tuition fees.

    Please note: International (non-EU) students need to have additional funding to cover the difference in tuition fees. Evidence will be requested that you have these additional funds.

    Applying for the PhD studentship

    Please apply via our online application form and submit your CV, a covering letter which clearly states how you meet the requirements stated above, and a 1,000 word overview explaining your interest in this PhD topic, including: previous expertise in relation to this topic area, a summary of some key literature, study aims and possible research methods. You will also be required to submit degree transcripts and certificates along with two signed references on letter headed paper, one of these should be from your most recent academic tutor.

    Closing date: 1 September 2017

    Please note: On the online application form, under ‘Proposed Research Topic’ insert 'Body, Self & Family'.

  • Santander Masters Scholarships

    Scholarships funded by The Santander Group are available for taught postgraduate study at Essex. Five scholarships worth £5,000 each will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students who would not otherwise be able to take up a place at Essex.

  • University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships

    Our University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students pushing boundaries in their field of study. There are 34 awards in total to be granted across our Social Sciences, Humanities and Science and Health faculties for 2017. If you have an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement then you could be eligible.

  • Women of the Future Scholarships

    Women of the Future scholarships are available for taught postgraduate study at Essex. 30 scholarships worth £20,000 each will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to non-UK women and will cover tuition fees and a stipend.

  • Essex Society For Family History Award

    One award of £500 is available to a British resident who is working on an Essex-related subject in the field of local or family history. Please contact us for details of how to apply.

  • Friends of Historic Essex Fellowship

    One award of £750 is available to an MA, MPhil or PhD student using substantial Essex sources for his or her dissertation. Please contact us for details of how to apply.

  • Silberrad Scholarships

    Our Silberrad Scholarships are open to Home and EU students who hold a Masters from Essex and want to pursue doctoral research. The scholarship covers your tuition fees and a bursary towards living costs.

  • Marshall Scholarships

    Marshall Scholarships are open to American full-time students who have applied to do a research degree. They cover tuition fees, living expenses, an annual book grant, a thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependant spouse.

  • Dr Philip Hills Award

    Through the generosity of the Hills family, the Department is able to offer an annual award of £1,500 to one mature postgraduate student (at Masters or PhD level). Dr Philip Hills went to study for a BA in History as a mature student at the University of Essex in 1979, completing his degree in 1982. Following this he studied for his PhD in the Department of History completing this in 1989. While he was studying for his doctorate he also taught in the History Department and later lectured and taught 19th Century English Social History until leaving in 1997. He was also involved in the Local History Centre. Please contact us for details of how to apply.

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AHRC funding

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Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).