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Types of Research Degrees

We welcome applications for research degrees at three levels:

  • Masters of Arts by Research (MA) (Excluding the School of History and the School of Film and Television)
  • MPhil
  • PhD

The period of study for full-time students is 1 year for Masters by Research​, 2 years for MPhil and 3 years for PhD. For part-time students, the periods of study are 2, 4 and 6 years respectively. All students will be required to submit a thesis of 40,000 words for the MA, 65,000 words for the MPhil or 100,000 words for the PhD.

All PhD students are initially registered for the MPhil and your work will be subject to a transfer panel during your first year (second year for part-time students). The panel will work to ensure that students have an intellectually viable project which they will be able to achieve within 3 years of full-time study or 6 years part-time study.

Applications for Postgraduate research programmes should be submitted with supporting documentation through our online application system.

Studentships

It is normally expected that students wishing to pursue doctoral research will hold a relevant MA.

To find out more about the current AHRC and University studentships see Studentships.

Starting dates

You can start your degree in October, January, April or July each year. We strongly recommend that you make your application as early as possible.

Application deadlines

The deadline for UK and EU applicants who wish to start in October 2014 is 9th July 2014. However, if you wish to be considered for a studentship we must receive your application by 12 noon on Friday 31st January 2014.

International applicants should familiarise themselves with any visa requirements and note that they will need to pay UEA a £2000 deposit three months before their start date. Applicants should therefore apply approximately four months before their desired starting date, in order to allow time for their application to be processed.

More information

Find out more about the English Language Requirements for International Students.

For further information on specific Schools of study and the postgraduate degrees they offer please see the school links on the right of this page. The PGR Directors and individual academics in each School of study welcome research enquiries.

For general enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Research Office (tel. +44 (0)1603 591709).