Research at Norwich Business School Research at Norwich Business School

The University of East Anglia has a track record of excellence in research and is committed to a year-on-year increase in the number of postgraduate students. The latest HEFCE assessment of research excellence (REF2014) puts Norwich Business School 17th overall in the UK out of 101 institutions and in 9th place for the quality of its research publications (Times Higher Education).  The results also show that our research has been designated as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of the impact it has on society, the economy, culture, public policy and services.

Norwich Business School offers students different pathways to a doctorate. Those yet to develop sufficient disciplinary and research technique training are encouraged to take the Master of Research (MRes) degree; those who have previous training will be able to register for a PhD immediately, subject to meeting our entry requirements.

The research degrees offered by Norwich Business School are:


PhD programmes usually last for a period of three years (or six years part-time). First year of the PhD 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. For further information please contact the PGR Director, Min Zhang.

The first year is the design phase, during which time students work closely with their supervisor to design the study, write up the literature review, if necessary recruit organisations, and begin data collection. Data collection is finalised and analyses begin in the second year and in the final year, students write up their theses.  Throughout the entire period of study, students are supported by their supervisor.

MPhil students are registered for a maximum 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a thesis and oral examination.

Find out more information about the application process.

MRes Social Science Research Methods

The MRes Social Science Research Methods is a taught programme designed either for those planning to proceed to the PhD programme, or for those wishing to improve their research skills for application in business.

To discuss the opportunities for the MRes, please contact Zografia Bika.