The Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School offers MPhil and PhD study opportunities across all its Schools. Both awards are assessed through presentation of a thesis and an accompanying oral examination (or viva) and can be studied either full-time (FT) or part-time (PT). An MPhil requires two years of FT study or four years PT, whilst a PhD requires three years of FT study and six years PT. The Law School additionally offers an LLM by Research (one year FT, two years PT) and the School of Education a Degree of Doctor of Education (five years PT). Further information for both courses can be accessed by clicking their respective links.
In order to be considered for an MPhil or PhD, you would typically be expected to possess a good Master's degree in a relevant subject, although relevant professional qualifications and/or experience may also be considered as an alternative. International students must also have English Language IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 per component) or an equivalent qualification.
If you are interested in applying, you may find it useful to contact the relevant School for advice in the first instance. Each School has their own Admissions Tutors and their contact details are as follows:
- Economics: Professor Steve Davies (S.W.Davies@uea.ac.uk)
- Education: Professor Anna Robinson-Pant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- International Development: Dr Ben Jones (B.W.Jones@uea.ac.uk)
- Law: Professor David Mead (D.Mead@uea.ac.uk)
- Norwich Business School: Dr Min Zhang (M.Zhang1@uea.ac.uk)
- Psychology: Dr Natalie Wyer (N.Wyer@uea.ac.uk)
- Social Work: Professor Marian Brandon (M.Brandon@uea.ac.uk)
How to apply
Formal applications must be made using the University of East Anglia's online application form which can be found by clicking on the links below:
Potential applicants with limited research experience and/or without the necessary Master's qualification might also like to consider our MRes Social Science Research Methods. This is an advanced, taught programme offering research method and research skills training at Master's level which provides an ideal preparatory platform for graduates considering a career in research or intending to undertake a PhD. The MRes in Social Science Research Methods takes one year of FT study to complete (two years PT) and applicants need to have successfully gained an undergraduate degree, in a relevant subject, at Upper Second (2:1) level or above. Equivalent qualifications will also be considered. Further information about the course can be accessed by clicking the above link.
The application deadlines for 2017/2018 entry can be found on our Application Deadlines page.