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PhD Study and the Graduate School

Learn more about PhD study at the University of Suffolk

COVID-19 - Please note that we are still welcoming PhD applications at this time. Click on the PhD Applications box below for further information on deadlines and how to apply.

See what our PhD students think of the Graduate School response to COVID-19 here.

Interested in joining our thriving Postgraduate Research student community here at the University of Suffolk? Please read on to find out more about us and what we can offer you.

Working closely with academics, and supported by our commended Graduate School, you will have an excellent experience here in Ipswich as a Postgraduate Research student and make a valued contribution to our emergent research community. We work in partnership with the University of Brighton to provide PhD courses in a range of research areas.

Through studying with us, you will have access to a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme, accessible to all University of Suffolk PhD students and early career researchers. Training will primarily be available online and will provide you with an excellent series of workshops to cover wide-ranging topics relevant to you and your PhD.

The Graduate School also organises a number of social and training events throughout the year, where interaction between researchers of different academic disciplines is encouraged, to foster a vibrant and supportive research community. 

Your PhD experience will benefit from our location on the Ipswich Waterfront and our continuous investment in our facilities. This includes a recently refurbished dedicated working space on the first floor of the Library Building, available exclusively to our PGR students and their supervisors as a social and working space. 

What is PhD Study?

Read some answers to some frequently asked questions and concerns relating to PhD study

PhD Applications

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Learn more about how to apply for a PhD at the University of Suffolk.

PhD Student Case Studies

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On this page some of our current postgraduate research students talk about their own areas of research and their experiences at the University of Suffolk.

The Graduate School

Every change begins with a Vision

The Graduate School looks after recruitment, student experience and skills development of all Postgraduate Research students.

COVID-19 PGR Support Testimonials

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Read here some testimonials from students on how the Graduate School has responded to the pandemic.

Our People

Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School at the University of Suffolk.  She is Professor of Socio-Technical Research and also Director of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER).  Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Educat...

Andreea has worked for the University of Suffolk since September 2010 as a Research Associate. She became a Senior Research Associate in 2013. Since August 2014, Andreea has acted as the University of Suffolk Research Development Manager. She has a Master degree in Quantitative Ec...

Katrina joined the University of Suffolk in October 2017 as the Postgraduate Research Administrator within the Graduate School and deals with all things PhD.  Prior to this, Katrina has worked in Research Administration and Events Management roles for the University of Aberdeen, K...