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Facilities and Resources: MPhil/PhD study

Facilities, resources and opportunities at ISER are second to none. As well as the challenging and supportive academic environment provided by our team of supervisors, our postgraduate students are provided with an outstanding working environment, facilities, resources and technical support.


As a PhD student you will have your own desk in a shared office. You will also have your own networked computer and ready access to printing and copying facilities.

You will have access to specialist resources such as the well-resourced Hilary Doughty Research Library, with holdings of published and unpublished material on longitudinal and panel data methodology, and its application to economic and policy issues. Research students also have access to a variety of longitudinal and panel data sets including Understanding Society and the British Household Panel Survey. The UK Data Archive is also based at Essex, providing an extremely rich support for original and innovative survey research.

You will attend research presentations by distinguished visiting speakers, as well as by staff and your fellow postgraduate students. ISER has several seminar series:

  • External Seminars – for external speakers, held on Wednesdays
  • Internal Seminars – for University of Essex researchers, held on Wednesdays
  • Thursday afternoon research student seminar series

Our students are also encouraged to take part in the University’s postgraduate Proficio courses.

Further information on how to apply can be found on our Info for applicants page.


Taught and research degrees


Fully-funded studentships through our Doctoral Training Centre

How to apply

A step by step guide