Our School of Health and Human Sciences offers a multidisciplinary environment with an excellent reputation for research and teaching. Within our School, our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having staff that are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.
A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health policy and practice and related fields. We have research interest groups in ‘Developing Professional Practice’ and ‘Applied Health Research’, and host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.
Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, our clinical laboratories use the latest equipment and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills.
Career destinationWe currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.
Support for postgraduatesOur University of Essex has a range of support services designed to help you to achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. These form a co-ordinated network of support, and are an important part of your overall student experience at Essex.
Within our multidisciplinary School of Health and Human Sciences, we offer research supervision in the following fields:
This is not an exhaustive list of staff research interests and more can be found on our School website. However, if you are looking to carry out research in a different area to those listed, please contact us to discuss this further. We encourage the consideration of brief research proposals prior to the submission of your full application.
We also offer interdisciplinary programmes which form part of our University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre’s pathways in Research Methods in Health and in Health and Organisational Research. This follows the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) introducing a new Postgraduate Training Framework, which changed the way it provides support for postgraduate training. Our Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) offers 16 fully-funded ESRC studentships across 21 doctoral pathways.
Please note that a doctoral pathway is the term used to describe the routes to postgraduate study, whether this is a one-year Masters followed by three years of doctoral research (1+3) or three years of doctoral research (+3) for those who have already completed a relevant Masters degree (from another ESRC-accredited DTC or one with a substantial methodological element). Essex has 21 doctoral pathways that are arranged into nine themed clusters and two of these are in the area of health. This includes Health and Organisational Research (offered in collaboration with Essex Business School) and in Research Methods in Health (offered in collaboration with our Institute for Social and Economic Research).Please note, part-time research study is also available.
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Potential research students are welcome to make preliminary enquiries directly to a potential supervisor within our School of Health and Human Sciences or, more generally, through our Graduate Administrator. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.
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