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Information for Applicants

All applications are made through the University of Essex’s online application system. See below for details on how to apply. But before applying, we strongly advise that you contact us to enquire about studying here.

The portal will ask you to specify a department in which you want to study. Applicants to our PhD programme should select ISER (Institute for Social and Economic Research). Applicants to Masters programmes should not select ISER, but should select the partner department in which the Masters degree is hosted.

If you are applying for a 1+3 (Masters + PhD), you will need to make two separate applications – one for the Masters course and one for the PhD.

Before applying

PhD applicant checklist

The University of Essex online application system will ask you for the following documents:

When to Apply

You should apply at least six weeks before the start of the term in which you plan to commence your studies, to allow us to process your application. Most students apply long before this. We encourage students to start in October, though we do also accept students starting in January and April. Note that although we accept applications at any time during the year, there are deadlines for scholarships.

Further information

This information should be read in conjunction with the Introduction to the Graduate School and the Prospectus of the Graduate School, which gives fuller information on academic and social life at the University.

If you have any questions about your eligibility or the application process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch


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