Guidance on applying for research degrees Guidance on applying for research degrees


UK candidates will have a UK University first or upper second class honours degree and a good Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field of study.

International students will have a degree or degrees that are equivalent in standard to those required of UK candidates.


In the first instance, please consider our research areas and contact either your potential supervisor or the Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor Dr Jeanette Cossar to develop your proposal. We welcome dialogue between potential applicants and supervisors.

When you have a clear idea about your research proposal, then please submit a full application. 

Applications can be made on line via

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

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

Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591709
Submit an application to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1603 597231

Applications must be supported by:

  • Official transcripts (in English) of your higher education qualifications
  • A Personal Statement of 500 to 1,000 words
  • A CV detailing your work experience to date
  • Two academic references
  • Evidence of your English proficiency if English is not your first language
  • A Research Proposal of 2,000 words

International applicants would also benefit from accessing the University's International Office