Completing your application Completing your application

To apply for an MPhil and PhD degree, we will need to assess your complete research application,

You will need:

  • a complete application form
  • a research proposal of 2,000 words (see below for brief guidance)
  • an example of previous written work (see below for brief guidance)
  • two academic references
  • full transcripts of your higher education degrees.
  • evidence of your English proficiency if English is not your first language
  • a CV detailing your work experience to date
  • a personal statement of 500 to 1,000 words

Applications can be made on line via

For enquiries regarding admissions, please contact our Research Student Director, Maren Duvendack, at

Your research proposal

Research applicants are required to submit a 2,000 word research proposal.  This should describe, as clearly and concisely as possible, preliminary ideas of your research area, indicating the focus, objectives and hypotheses, methodology, and a short bibliography.  Research questions should be realistic and manageable, and you should demonstrate that you have access to primary and secondary sources of data, and that the research thesis can be completed within a reasonable timescale.  Your proposal will be circulated to members of faculty working in your area of interest, and is an extremely important part of your application.

Current Faculty Research Interests

Although you might approach a member of staff beforehand to ascertain initial interest, you may not send them the proposal to request its further development and improvement.  In other words, the research proposal circulated as a part of your application must be your own work.  

While we acknowledge that your proposal will be improved after your arrival here, the 4-6 pages should be written to reflect your best thinking on the topic.  Proposals that get rejected tend either not to be of interest to academic staff, or are poorly written, or are excessively descriptive, or are unclear in terms of the objectives of the research and how the objective links with a particular problem or discourse or theory.

Example of previous written work

Along with the research proposal we also require research applicants to submit an example of previous written work, this can be part of their masters dissertation, journal article published, working papers, research report, etc.

For those unable to submit electronically, applications and enquiries should be sent to the following address:

Faculty of Social Sciences
Postgraduate Research Office (PPE)
Elizabeth Fry Building, 2.30
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ

Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591709
Submit an application to:

Telephone: +44 (0)1603 597231