As a UEA postgraduate student, you’ll be joining an institution that offers students an inspiring and engaging research environment to thrive in.

Our relationships with our partner institutes as part of the internationally renowned Norwich Research Park also gives students a whole breadth of research they can get involved in including food, health and environment.

To take a look at the full list of research areas that UEA offers, choose an option below.

Arts and Humanities


American Studies


  • American history
  • American literature
  • Environment, space and place
  • Histories of power and protest
  • Popular and avant-garde cultures
  • Transatlantic and transpacific studies

Find out more on the American Studies web pages.




  • Material culture
  • Medieval art and architecture
  • Modern and contemporary European and American art
  • Museums, archives and heritage
  • World art and postcolonial studies

Find out more on the Art web pages.

Film, Television and Media Studies


  • British film and TV
  • Genre in film and TV
  • Media audiences
  • Mediations of gender and sexuality
  • Popular culture

Find out more on the Film, Television and Media web pages.



  • British history
  • European history - in particular France, Italy, Germany, Russia, the Balkans and Central Europe
  • Global history
  • History of South Asian, Japanese and Indian history
  • History of the Atlantic world(s)
  • History of the Middle East
  • Imperial history and cultural diplomatic history
  • Intellectual history and the history of political thought
  • Landscape and environmental history
  • Local and regional history
  • Medieval history

Find out more on the History web pages.


Language and Communication Studies


  • (Critical) discourse analysis
  • Cross-cultural cognitive linguistics
  • Intercultural communication
  • Theoretical and applied pragmatics
  • Translation and interpreting

Find out more on the Language and Communications Studies web pages.


Literature, Drama and Creative Writing


  • Creative writing
  • Life writing and creative non-fiction
  • Literary translation and translation theory
  • Medieval and early modern writing
  • Modern and contemporary literature, including poetry

Find out more on the Literature, Drama and Creative Writing web pages.




  • Application and interpretations of Wittgenstein
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Philosophy and social science
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of language

Find out more on the Philosophy web pages.




  • Critical global politics and international relations
  • Cultural politics, political communication, and media
  • Politics, public policy and political theory

Find out more on the Politics web pages.

Medicine and Health Sciences


Clinical Psychology


  • Clinical health psychology across the lifespan
  • Psychological distress and disorders in adult populations
  • Psychology of childhood and adolescence
  • Vulnerable populations including older people, dementia, stroke and acquired brain injury

Find out more on the Clinical Psychology webpages.


Health Sciences


  • Communication and cognition
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Epidemiology of ageing
  • Inclusion
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurodegeneration (includes dementia)
  • Optimising care
  • Public health and behavioural science
  • Sustainable solutions in long-term care
  • Translational neuroscience, neurorehabilitation and related technology

Find out more on the Health Sciences webpages.




  • Cancer studies
  • Cardio-metabolic health
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology and gut biology
  • Health economics
  • Mental health, including dementia
  • Microbiology, infection and immunity
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Nutrition and preventive medicine
  • Primary health

Find out more on the Norwich Medical School webpages.



Biological Sciences


  • Cells and tissues: biomedicine, cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, molecular genetics, musculoskeletal biology, molecular pharmacology, developmental and stem cell biology
  • Molecular microbiology: biochemistry, physiology, ecology, cell and developmental biology, elemental cycle, environmental microbiology, discovery of novel antimicrobial agents
  • Organisms and the environment: biodiversity, conservation, behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary biology, macroecology, molecular ecology, molecular evolution, population biology
  • Plant sciences: plant RNA biology
  • Synthetic biology of plants and microbes

Find out more on the Biological Sciences webpages.




  • Analytical and bio-analytical chemistry
  • Chemical biology and bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry
  • Computational and theoretical chemistry
  • Energy materials
  • Molecular and structural biochemistry
  • Nanosciences
  • Synthetic biology
  • Synthetic organic, inorganic and materials chemistry
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy

Find out more on the Chemistry webpages.


Computing Sciences


  • Computational biology and bioinformatics
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics for improved decision making
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Graphics, vision, and speech
  • Internet of things and edge computing
  • Machine learning and statistics and data science
  • Telecommunications and connected society

Find out more on the Computing Sciences webpages.




  • Functional materials
  • Graphene and nanostructured materials
  • Multiscale fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Optical fibre sensors based on nanostructured coatings
  • Optimization driven design and computational mechanics
  • Solar energy and photovoltaics

Find out more on the Engineering webpages.


Environmental Sciences


  • Climate research and climate change
  • Ecology and environmental biology
  • Environmental economics and ecosystem services
  • Geosciences and natural hazards
  • Human and physical geography of the environment
  • Ocean and atmospheric sciences
  • Science, society and sustainability

Find out more on the Environmental Sciences webpages.




  • Algebra and combinatorics
  • Biological and industrial mathematics
  • Environmental mathematics
  • Fluid and solid mechanics
  • Logic
  • Mathematical physics
  • Quantum fluids
  • Representation theory
  • Scientific computing

Find out more on the Mathematics webpages.




  • Age-related diseases
  • Cancer research
  • Drug delivery
  • Epigenetics
  • Improving pharmacy practice
  • Medicinal chemistry and chemical biology
  • Natural products
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Patient adherence to medication
  • Pharmaceutical characterisation
  • Receptor signalling
  • Soft matter

Find out more on the Pharmacy webpages.


Biological Sciences and Medicine: Norwich Bioscience Institutes

John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute Bioscience (formerly the Institute of Food Research), the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory cover the following themes:

  • Evolutionary biology and population genomics
  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food safety: microbes in the food chain and food authenticity
  • Genomics, computational and systems biology
  • Gut: biology, health, and microbiome
  • Molecular microbiology and meta genomics of complex microbial communities
  • Plant and crop growth, development and yield
  • Plant and microbial metabolism and biological chemistry
  • Plant bioactives and foods for health
  • Plant pathogens and innate immunity
  • Synthetic biology and biotechnology

Find out more on the Norwich Bioscience Institutes webpages.

Social Sciences


Business and Management


  • Accounting, auditing, perfomance management, integrated and sustainability reporting
  • Business regulation
  • Employee systems and institutions, and wellbeing
  • Entrepreneurship and strategy
  • Finance, corporate governance, and banking and investment
  • Human resource management, and organisational psychology and behaviour
  • Marketing, consumer behaviour and international business
  • Operations, supply chain management, and innovation
  • Technology management, information systems, and social media

Find out more on the Norwich Business School webpages.




  • Big data methods
  • Collective decision making and group formation
  • Competition in digital markets
  • Development and environmental economics
  • Dynamic macroeconomics
  • Economics of networks
  • Empirical evaluation of competition/ competition policy
  • Experimetrics
  • Financial economics and econometrics
  • Heuristics and biases in decision making
  • Industrial organisation
  • Origins and consequences of conflict
  • Strategic reasoning and identity in groups and teams

Find out more on the Economics webpages.


Education and Lifelong Learning


  • International education and social change: adult literacy, development, HE, globalisation and policy
  • Lifelong learning cultures: youth and identities, digital cultures, public pedagogies, multimodality in poetics
  • Pedagogy curriculum and professional learning: mathematics, history, English, sport and PE

Find out more on the Education and Lifelong Learning webpages


International Development


  • Agriculture, nutrition and health
  • Behavioural and experimental economics
  • Climate change, adaptation and disaster risk managment
  • Development aid and practice
  • Education, childhood and youth
  • Environmental justice/indigenous rights
  • Gender and inequality
  • Impact evaluation
  • Media and humanitarian communication
  • Migration
  • The state, governance and conflict
  • Water security

Find out more on the International Development webpages.




  • Company and commercial law including dispute resolution/arbitration, insurance and carriage of goods
  • Competition law
  • Criminal law (including international criminal law), policing and criminal justice
  • EU law and Brext/secession and devolution
  • Gender inequality and caring responsibilities
  • International law including international economic law and sustainable development, and environmental law
  • Law and economics
  • Media, IP, IT and data protection law
  • Medical law
  • Private law: contract, tort, property law and land use
  • Property and planning law
  • Public law, human rights and public protest
  • Refugee law and displacement

Find out more on the Law webpages.




  • Clinical psychology – see separate entry
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Developmental science
  • Social psychology

Find out more on the Psychology webpages.


Social Work


  • Child protection
  • Children and families in adoption
  • Children in care
  • Social work decision making
  • Social work with people with mental health problems
  • Support for vulnerable families
  • Young people and crime

Find out more on the Social Work webpages