The essentials on postgraduate research at UEA The essentials on postgraduate research at UEA

What areas do you offer a PhD/research degree in?

We support students to produce research that is original, relevant, creative and innovative across a huge range of specialisms - you can find a full list of our diverse range of research themes here.

Do you provide funding to do a PhD/ research degree at UEA?

Yes, there are a number of opportunities available for funding – take a look at our Fees and Funding section for an overview of current fees, studentships, scholarships and stipends.

Who can supervise my PhD/research degree at UEA?

You’ll find academic staff across each of our four Faculties, and the Norwich Bioscience Institutes, who are qualified to supervise your degree. We suggest browsing the UEA site to find a supervisor in your area or looking for publications by UEA academics in your chosen field.

It’s a good idea to contact a potential supervisor before applying, so if you’re unsure of who to ask get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

What qualifications do I need to start a PhD?

Typically, we ask for a 2:1 or Master’s (and 6.5 or 7.0 IELTS). Entry requirements vary across Schools and courses. Take a look at our Entry Requirements for more information.

How do I apply?

You can either apply with a proposal you have written yourself (an applicant-led proposal), or apply to an advertised research project (a research-led proposal).

We recommend contacting a potential supervisor before applying, particularly if your research will be in the Faculty of Science.

Applicants to Professional Doctorates may need to follow a different process, details of which can be found here.

How do I write a research proposal?

Be clear, honest and precise. Remember to check your proposal carefully before submitting it!

Do you offer any professional doctorates?

Yes, we offer a number of Professional Doctorates:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (ProfD HaSC).

What are the deadlines for entry?

As there are different funding schemes for our postgraduate research studentships there are different deadlines to apply. Keep up to date with all our current deadlines here.

Projects are also advertised all year round in addition to these deadlines - check out our current opportunities listings.

Who looks after postgraduate research at UEA?

At UEA each of our four faculties has an Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and every school has a dedicated Postgraduate Research School Director.

The Postgraduate Research Service:

The Postgraduate Research Service is here to help with everything for those considering postgraduate research at UEA. They also support all of our current postgraduate research students and their supervisors, as well as providing administration for research degrees at the University of East Anglia.

What funded PhD programmes pathways does UEA offer?

We currently offer PhD studentships within the following schemes:


We offer funded studentships in our faculties of Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and  Medicine and Health.  See our Graduate School webpages for more information:


We offer self-funded studentships in our faculties of Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and  Medicine and Health.  See our Graduate School webpages for more information:


    Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England
    CHASE is one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It brings together 9 leading institutions engaged in collaborative research activities across the arts and humanities.

  • EnvEast DTP:
    UEA led partnership funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which draws together environmental science expertise from three universities and ten research centres to address some of the grand challenges facing contemporary society.

  • Norwich Research Park (NRP) Bioscience DTP:
    Involving five world-class research institutions based on the Norwich Research Park, this PhD training programme is supported by the BBSRC who recognise Norwich as a major centre for bioscience research in the UK.

    The Next-Generation Unmanned System Science (NEXUSS) CDT is funded by NERC and EPSRC and led by the University of Southampton, in partnership with five other leading academic and research organisations. The Centre will tackle major challenges in the environmental sciences through the development and application of novel Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems (SAOS) technology.

  • SeNSS:
    The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), bringing together leading universities to provide outstanding postgraduate training for doctoral researchers in the social sciences.

  • UEA-SUSTech Split Site PhD Studentships
    UEA partnership with the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) to offer 4-year fully-funded studentships for Chinese citizens.


UEA offers a range of professional doctorates aimed at working professionals interested in using applied research to solve problems in their field.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD)

  • Doctor of Education (EdD)

  • Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD)

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

  • Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (ProfD HaSC)

...and if you have any other questions please get in touch and we'll do our best to help!