Academic requirements Academic requirements

MSc by Research

A 2:1 degree in a professional field or a related health and social care area or equivalent.

MPhil and PhD

A 2:1 degree or above or a Master's degree in a professional field or a related health and social care area or equivalent. NB funded studentships may have more specific entry requirements, please see individual projects for details.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Entry requirements

  • Qualification: A qualification (held for at least three years at the time of submission of the thesis or body of published work) which is recognised for registration by the General Medical Council for the United Kingdom.
  • Employment: Employed for at least two years in appropriate clinical or scientific work.
  • UEA Sponsor: A member of academic staff (ATR) of the University will be required to act as the sponsor of the application.
  • Written letter of support from the Clinical Line Manager stating that they have agreed for the student to undertake the period of research during their clinical training/service and that adequate facilities will be provided to accomplish the work.
  • It is expected that a full-time student will devote a minimum of four full days per week to their research and that a part time student will devote a minimum of 2 full days per week to their research. Candidates are not expected to complete more than two unrelated work/clinical sessions per week.
  • Funding: The source and amount of funding for the research should be clearly stated in the application.
  • Affiliation: As the MD programme is typically for hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment it is expected that candidates are either a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) graduate of this University or a graduate of another approved university holding an appointment or an honorary appointment within a health or social care facility that has established research or teaching links with the University of East Anglia. This helps ensure that projects are arranged following medical doctors approaching a suitable academic clinician supervisor.


A 2:1 degree or above, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, at least one year's relevant clinical experience, and you must demonstrate an understanding of the specific role of the clinical psychologist in the health service and your suitability for this.

English language requirements

International applicants are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in the English language, if English is not their first language or they are from a country not on the UKVI list of English speaking countries. All research programmes within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) require an overall score of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each individual component EXCEPT for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology which requires an overall score of IELTS 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component. The university also accepts TOEFL (not paper-based tests) and Pearson Academic English. You can find further details here.