Types of Research Degree and Studentships Types of Research Degree and Studentships

We welcome applications for research degrees at three levels:

  • Masters of Science (MSc) by Research
  • MPhil
  • PhD

All research students in the Faculty of Science undertake a specially developed skills training programme, designed to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills and methodological knowledge to undertake original research and progress to a future career.

MSc by Research

Supervised research degree awarded on the basis of a thesis and oral examination and can be studied full time or part-time. MSc by Research students are registered for 1 year full time or 2 years part time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 40,000 word thesis and oral examination.


MPhil students are registered for 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 65,000 word thesis and oral examination.


PhD students are registered for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. Assessment is based on the production of a thesis of a maximum 100,000 words and oral examination.

More information

We strongly encourage you to discuss potential research projects with staff working in your field of interest before applying.  This is particularly important if you are an international student who will be obtaining funding from your home country or an international funding agency. We publish a list of research opportunities in the Faculty of Science, and each project here gives instructions for applying. If no project is listed in the research area you are interested in, then please submit your application via our online application system. But your application is much more likely to be successful if you have discussed your project with a potential supervisor before applying. More general information on the research themes in the Faculty can be found here, with links to individual School pages.  PGR Directors and other staff in each School welcome research enquiries (send a brief CV and summary of your research interests) and you can find their contact details on School web-pages.

For general enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Research Service (tel. +44 (0)1603 591709 or e-mail pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk


Funded studentships are available to start every October, to support PhD students in Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Pharmacy.  

Topics in areas supported by NERC and BBSRC (environmental sciences and many areas of biology) will be advertised via the NERC funded Doctoral Partnership ARIES and the Norwich Research Park BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Students in other disciples can apply to:

The ESRC SeNNS Doctoral Training Partnership for social science research. 
Applicants need to agree a research outline with a supervisor (see above for ways of contacting staff in your area) and include this in an online application - select ‘applicant-led project’.  The supervisor will then be able to put this forward to the SeNSS competitions  Your research proposal could be based on a topic advertised as open to self funded applicants.

Please see the information for the Faculty of Science Studentship Competition.

Full details of studentships awarded by the three Doctoral Training Partnerships are available on their web pages. If you are not eligible for any of these funding sources, we will help you to define a suitable research project and support you in making applications to other funders.