The application process The application process

Entry requirements

Candidates for the PhD programme will be expected to have a Masters' degree in a related subject. The normal entry requirement is a good merit (or average of at least 65%) at a recognised Masters' course in the UK or equivalent. Your Masters' must have a research component (such as research methods and a research dissertation). Exceptionally, you may be considered for direct entry if there is other evidence of research potential.

If English is not your native language, you must fulfill the Language Requirements

Application Package

These are the seven pieces of information that we need to receive from you:

 1. A completed application form

In your application, you should state your subject area and identify which of the research groups within the Norwich Business School (NBS) your research interests lie. You can find the information on the six research groups on the Research:Research area page (NBS Research Groups).

2. Your Research Proposal

We would like your proposal to be no more than 2,000 words (excluding references. The proposal is not expected to be a finished document, and you may wish to refine or change your research focus in negotiation with your supervisor later.

Your proposal should include the following.

  1. Your research questions: identify your research objectives and indicate your research question(s).
  2. General review of the literature: you should elucidate the general discipline or field in which your study will be located with your reasons for choosing this field.
  3. Specific review of the literature: you should provide a review of the literature whihc demonstrates clearly the key debates in the literature. You need to give references to key articles and research texts. You need to elaborate on what makes your proposal an original piece of work, as a PhD should contain an original piece of work.
  4. Method: you need to indicate how you will answer the your research question(s). You will need to explain which techniques you will use and why these techniques are considered to be acceptable and valid, and reference other studies in cognate themes of research.
  5. Timescale: provide a timescale for the conduct of your research, including literature review, methodological design, field work and write up.
  6. References: provide a list of references to the sources which you have mentioned in your application.


3. Official transcripts (in English) of your higher education qualifications

If you have already received your official graduation certificate (in English) please include this with your application.

4. Evidence of your English proficiency if English is not your first language

5. References

NBS requires two references. These can be two academic references, or if you have relevant work experience these can be one academic reference and one employment reference.

6. Personal statement

Please also include a personal statement of 500 to 1,000 words, outlining why you want to undertake your postgraduate research study at NBS.

7. A CV detailing your education and experience to date

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For more information, please visit Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School and UEA's Postgraduate Research pages.

For details on admission and scholarship opportunities, or general enquiries, please contact our PGR Director Dr Min Zhang by emailing or SSF PGR services (email:; Telephone: +44(0)1603 597231).