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Types of Research Degrees

We welcome applications for research degrees at three levels:

  • Master of Arts by Research (MAR) - EXCLUDING Philosophy (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language & Communication Studies)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The period of study for full-time students is 1 year for Masters by Research​, 2 years for MPhil and 3 years for PhD. For part-time students, the periods of study are 2, 4 and 6 years respectively. In all cases the period of study is followed by a one year, registration-only period for the writing up of the thesis. All students will be required to submit a thesis of 40,000 words for the MA, 65,000 words for the MPhil or 100,000 words for the PhD.

Applications for Postgraduate research programmes should be submitted with supporting documentation through our online application system.


It is normally expected that students wishing to pursue doctoral research will hold a relevant MA.

To find out more about the current AHRC, SeNSS and University studentships see Studentships.

Starting dates

You can start your degree in October or January. April or July is only available as a start date in some circumstances- please contact us for further details. We strongly recommend that you make your application as early as possible.

Application deadlines

The deadline for UK and EU applicants who wish to start in October 2020 is 31 July 2020. For international applicants, the deadline is 31 May 2020. Please see the Studentships web page for the application deadlines for other studentships.

International applicants should familiarise themselves with any visa requirements and note that they will need to pay UEA a £2000 deposit three months before their start date. Applicants should therefore apply approximately four months before their desired starting date, in order to allow time for their application to be processed.

More information

Find out more about English language requirements for international students.

For further information on specific Schools of study and the postgraduate degrees they offer, see the school links under 'Faculties and Schools' at the top of this page. The PGR Directors and individual academics in each School of study welcome research enquiries.

For general enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Research Office (tel. +44 (0)1603 591709).

Study with us - Research Themes

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Find out more about doctoral funding through the link below.


Research themes at UEA Research themes at UEA

Find out more about the research themes that can be supervised at UEA by following the link below.

Research themes in the Arts and Humanities.