Students Staff

Research Experience Scheme

The Research Experience Scheme is open to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and gives you the opportunity to work alongside our academics on an ongoing research project.

Placements last for one term and you'll volunteer for five hours per week, helping a researcher with tasks including library research, construction of materials for experiments, experiment design, and the collection, entry, organisation and analysis of data.

Benefits

  • Gain first-hand experience of state-of-the-art psychological research and practical skills in conducting empirical work.
  • Develop transferable skills that will enhance your CV, such as project management, communication, problem-solving and team-working.
  • Enhance your understanding of psychology as a science.
  • You will receive a certificate to demonstrate your participation in the scheme and may ask your supervisor for a reference.

Available places

  • Summer Term 2017

    Supervisor list

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    This document gives details of our members of staff who are offering RES placements, and details of their research projects.

How to apply

Places are limited and so the scheme is highly competitive. You should prepare your application carefully and it must include:

  1. a short letter in which you explain your interest in the relevant research project and motivation for working with the researcher, and
  2. a one page CV.

Email your application to Dr Kevin Dent (kdent@essex.ac.uk, RES organiser).

Staff members will select students based on their qualifications and research interests. You may be asked to attend an interview.

If your application is successful then you will be expected to participate for one full term.

Student testimonials

  • Ana Gheorghiu, now working on her PhD in our Department

    Ana Gheorghiu “I can wholeheartedly say that choosing to be a part of the RES was one of the best decisions I have made during my time as a student. Participating in the RES is a great way to gain much needed experience in the field of research, which is particularly useful for those interested in an academic career. Having this extra bit of research experience and inside knowledge will provide you with an edge over other candidates when competing for scholarships, funding, or even jobs. I can say this from my own experience. And the great thing is, it's more fun than you probably expect it to be! I definitely recommend it to all psychology students, as it is a great way to improve your CV and learn what research is like through a hands-on approach.”

  • Melinda Szilagyi, a 2014 graduate

    Melinda Szilagyi “The experience I have gained within the RES raised my interest in the field of psychology as a science and as a practical way to analyse the reactions and behaviour of people. I had the opportunity to strengthen my statistical skills, which was also useful for my studies, while I also learned the basics of working with electroencephalography (EEG). On the other hand, the research experience scheme offered me the opportunity to organise my time successfully so that I could concentrate on my studies, thus developing time management skills that now I am able to apply in many different areas. Also, I established close relationships with staff members, which can be very useful for future potential career in research. Overall, I enjoyed being part of this team and I consider that the RES definitely contributed positively to my university experience!”

  • Samaa El-Sandabesee, now a third year undergraduate

    Samaa El-Sandabesee “Completing the RES scheme last year, in which we focused on the nature of word access for Arabic-English bilinguals, has been a greatly valuable experience. It gave me practical insight into the various stages that go into the research process such as participant recruitment and setting up materials. I would definitely recommend this scheme to anyone who is considering a career in research, or even wants to gain hands-on skills which are highly transferable.”

Other ways to gain research experience

Our University runs an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, which gives you the opportunity to apply for research placements in various departments.