Academic and English language requirements Academic and English language requirements

Before you begin your online application, it is worth first familiarising yourself with the generic entry requirements for postgraduate research at UEA. 

Attendance and Engagement Requirements

Information on accommodation and eligibility for University accommodation can be found on the UEA Accommodation website: A full-time student who is not living in University accommodation must live within a 50-kilometre radius of UEA's Norwich campus. If, for good reason, this requirement cannot be fulfilled, an exemption must be obtained from the Faculty Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research. We expect all research students to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis, normally in person.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The minimum academic requirement across the University for entry to a doctoral degree is either at least a 2:1 in a UK undergraduate degree, or a Master's degree, or equivalent. Some Schools and research degree programmes have higher or more specific requirements: please check the Faculty Graduate School and School pages for details.

Minimum English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language or you are from a country that is not on the UKVI list of English speaking countries, you may be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English language. This will be listed as a condition on your offer letter. Minimum English language requirements for Postgraduate Research programmes are given in the following table. These are given as IELTS scores but other tests may be accepted.

Faculty Programme Overall IELTS score Further requirements on IELTS component scores
Arts and Humanities All research degree programmes 7.0

At least 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in other components 

Medicine and Health Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 7.0

At least 7.0 in each component

Medicine and Health PhD, MD, MSc by Research 6.5

At least 6.0 in each component

Science All research degree programmes 6.5

At least 6.0 in each component

Social Sciences All research degree programmes 7.0

At least 6.5 in each component

You will also find a list of other English language equivalencies here.

Our offer letter will detail the IELTS requirement of your course. The University also accepts Pearson Academic English; to see how this equates to IELTS please download this document (PDF 21KB). These tests are considered by UKVI to be valid for two years.

You will be able to find out how to take these examinations from your college or University, or from the local office of the British Council.

INTO University of East Anglia offers a range of English courses for international students, enabling you to enter university at a variety of levels. INTO will be happy to advise you on your likely need for language training before you begin your studies. Further information can be found on the INTO website.

Where next?

If you meet the above requirements, and are interested in pursuing a research degree at UEA, we encourage you to begin preparing your online application. Information and advice on writing your proposal can be found here, and further information about our application process is available here.

If you have any questions, please contact Postgraduate Research Admissions Enquiries on or +44 (0)1603 59 1709.