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New Masters course

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Our new interdisciplinary course, MSC Language and the Brain combines neuroscience and language processing, acquisition and representation. You will study brain science and language studies and the interactions between them.

Outstanding research facilities

We have a variety of specialist labs and facilities for experimental psychology, visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology.

Our facilities include our purpose-built Centre for Brain Science, which provides extensive laboratory space for neuroscientific studies. This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes.

ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centre

We are recognised by the ESRC as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships. You will be joining a Department with a strong commitment to research, covering many areas of empirical psychology. The research community includes academic staff, research fellows, research officers and postgraduates engaged on many research projects.

Excellent PhD completion rates

We take pride in our high completion rate. We achieve this in part by ensuring that you follow a clear path to completion in three years if you are studying full-time. We do this by setting specific appropriate milestones at the end of your first and second years. You will also find yourself working in an enthusiastic community of research students who will provide peer support.

Postgraduate research

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We offer a variety of research degrees with part-time options available. You will be supervised by world-class researchers and benefit from our superb range of research facilities and dedicated labs.

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.

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.

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.