Postgraduate Research at a world-leading institution Postgraduate Research at a world-leading institution

Interested in postgraduate research degrees? Look no further - find out more about what to expect and why UEA is an excellent place to further your academic studies. 

What is a research degree? 

A research degree, more commonly known as a doctorate, is the highest degree awarded by UK universities, so it’s an excellent way to show you’ve reached the peak of your academic journey. While honours degrees are typically more general, a doctorate allows you to specialise, as you’ll choose the area in which you wish to work. You’ll have the support of a supervisor, who will then guide you through your research project.  

At the end of the course you’ll submit a thesis or dissertation of publishable quality. This is a great way to get your research and name out in your chosen field.  

Why complete a postgraduate research degree? 

Aside from the benefits mentioned above, there are lots of reasons to complete a UK postgraduate research degree with us – the main one being that this is an internationally respected degree that will go a long way to helping you secure the future career you wish to achieve.  

The skills you develop over the course of your postgraduate study doctorate degree will also aid you in your career, these include: 

  • Problem solving 
  • Data gathering and analysis 
  • Time management 
  • Independent and critical thinking 
  • Advanced IT 
  • Communication and teamwork 
  • Project management 

Why choose UEA?

The University of East Anglia is one of the leading research institutions in the UK, ranked in the UK Top 20 institutions for the impact of our research. We have a large research student community of about 1400 research students, and are involved in five prestigious Doctoral Training Partnerships: CHASE (Arts and Humanities), SeNSS (Social Sciences), EnvEast (Natural Environment) and the  Norwich Research Park BBSRC DTP (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences) and the NEXUSS (Next Generation Unmanned Systems Science) Centre for Doctoral Training.

UEA also has five graduate schools in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the nearby Norwich Biosciences Institutes to co-ordinate activities and enhance research culture. Current UEA research students can find further information at the Postgraduate Research Service Portal site.

We welcome applications throughout the year, and encourage you to follow the links below to find out more about postgraduate research at UEA. Further information on how to go about submitting an online application to study at UEA can be found here.

PhDs and Studentships



Science Graduate School



Arts and Humanities Graduate School



Social Sciences Graduate School



Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate School



Norwich Bioscience Institutes