Our research degrees by type Our research degrees by type

Opportunities for postgraduate research, leading to one of the postgraduate research degrees listed below, are available in a number of areas. The School has particular research strengths in communication, restorative neurology, musculoskeletal function, clinical exercise physiology and the management of long-term conditions. Students are closely supervised by a team of experienced researchers and there are opportunities to interact with other research groups from a wide range of disciplines.

Personal and Professional Development skills training is an integral component of postgraduate research programmes. Students work with their supervisors to develop a bespoke training programme incorporating mandatory and developmental courses throughout their period of study.

All postgraduate research students become members of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate School.

MSc by Research

MSc by Research students are registered for 1 year full time or 2 years part time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 40,000 word thesis and oral examination.

Ideal for those seeking research training for progressing to a PhD.

For professionals working in a clinical setting, this degree can provide the support you need to:

  • Undertake research that will improve your health care practice.
  • Understand your patients' needs better, improve their health outcomes and your decision-making, change care pathways and improve service organisation.
  • Enable others to learn from you.


MPhil students are registered for 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 65,000 word thesis and oral examination.


PhD students are registered for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. Assessment is based on the production of a thesis of a maximum 100,000 words and oral examination.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce there are currently a number of PhD Studentships available.

We also welcome applications to study for a PhD from others with their own project proposals.

Professional Doctorate (ProfD)

A Professional Doctorate is an award at the highest academic level. Its purpose is to drive professional development and involves completion of an original piece of research, usually relating to real life issues experienced in a professional field. UEA currently offers a range of Professional Doctorates, whilst the Health Sciences school specifically, has recently introduced a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care. This 5 year part-time course will welcome its first cohort in October 2018. 


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