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AHRC funding

PhD student in library

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).

We are a leading a centre for graduate study both at Masters and PhD level. Our research is ranked ninth in the UK (REF 2014), making us one of the highest rated institutions for continental philosophy.

We have an international reputation for our expertise in critical theory, phenomenology, medical humanities and classical German philosophy. Many of our graduates have become leading authorities in their fields.

A range of funding and scholarships are available for postgraduate study.

Active research community

As a graduate student at Essex, you are part of an active research community, where staff and students regularly meet to discuss their work in research colloquia such as our Critical Theory Colloquium or our Phenomenology Werkstatt.

Our students run their own graduate seminar series and meet regularly in reading groups. They also organise and participate in our annual international graduate conference, which attracts speakers from across the UK and the world.

Throughout the academic year, we invite philosophers to present papers in our research seminar series, and host eminent scholars who give our highly regarded philosophy minicourses, which combine lectures and seminars, and are open to all students and staff.

We are also home to two leading Medical humanities research projects:

German language courses

The ability to read philosophical texts in their original language is a real advantage for postgraduate research. At Essex, we offer a dedicated German-language course for philosophy graduate students taught by Nick Walker, who has translated Adorno, Hegel and other German philosophers into English. Our University’s Languages for All scheme also allows you to learn an additional language alongside your course at no extra cost.

Professional teaching experience

We employ many of our research students as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). These paid positions are valuable opportunities for professional development and give you experience of teaching and marking essays at undergraduate level, a significant advantage when it comes to applying for academic positions.

Visiting us from abroad

Our School welcomes students from international universities who wish to study abroad at Essex. We provide a friendly, supportive and academically challenging environment for study.

A period of study at Essex entitles you to our study abroad loyalty discount, which reduces your first-year tuition fees for your first period of postgraduate study at Essex by ten per cent.

MA courses

MA courses

Our MA courses offer in-depth study of a range of specialisms including critical theory, phenomenology and classical German philosophy, and are an excellent preparation for PhD study.

Our academic staff

Wayne Martin

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across a wide range of philosophical areas.

Renée's blog


Renée is a PhD student, working on Nietzsche and philosophy of religion. Her blog chronicles her life as a student in the Department, as well as anything philosophical that interests her.

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.