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Admissions Procedure

Applications can be made online.

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

Faculty of Social Sciences
Postgraduate Research Office (PPE)
Elizabeth Fry Building, 2.30
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park

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. Applications must normally be accompanied by a research proposal of approximately 2000 words. In some cases students who are funded, or who expects funding, from government agencies may apply for a ‘1 + 3': MSc followed by a MPhil/PhD; in these cases, at the time of applying for a ‘1 + 3' a shorter research proposal will suffice.

The School attaches great importance to providing a speedy response to applicants. To help us do this, please follow the procedure described in the application form and guidance notes and enclose all the material that it requests. No application will be considered until all the supporting documentation is received.

All applications are considered on their own merit by the Economics Postgraduate Selection Committee.

Registration for PhD candidates takes place in October, January, April and July.

Admissions Requirements: Qualifications

Candidates for the PhD programme will be expected to hold a good undergraduate honours degree in economics or a related subject. Candidates will normally hold (or be expecting to secure) an MA or MSc in Economics, or any of our Academic and Professional MSc degrees. Candidates not offering a higher degree may be offered entry via one of the Academic and Professional MSc courses . Exceptionally, they may be considered for direct entry if there is other evidence of research potential.

A key factor in determining admission to our research degrees is the availability and willingness to supervise by two supervisors on the proposed research (one if the research degree is taken part-time). We only admit students if we feel absolutely confident to be able to provide supervision of the highest standard.

Succesful candidates will be registered directly onto the PhD programme, the first year of which will be considered a probationary period. Probation must be confirmed within the first twelve months of full-time study (twenty-four months for part-time students) by a School review panel composed of members and non-members of your supervisory team.

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