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Research Degree Applications

Postgraduate Research

Thank you for your interest in pursuing postgraduate research at University of Suffolk.

We are pleased to offer the following postgraduate research degrees

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

All our postgraduate research students will enrol at University of Suffolk but will also register for their award at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Period of study: Full time 3-4 years          Part time 6-7 years

Admission points are October and January. Full applications should be submitted by the following dates:

October entry

  • Start Date - 1 October 2018
  • Home/EU students - 1 June 2018
  • International students - 1 April 2018

January entry

  • Start Date - 1 January 2019
  • Home/EU students - 1 October 2018
  • International students - 1 August 2018

To apply for a Postgraduate Research degree at the University of Suffolk the Graduate School will need to ascertain whether we could support your research. In order to start the application process please submit the documents listed below. These documents and any queries should be sent to


Stage 1: Initial Enquiry Form

The FileInitial Enquiry Form allows us to collect some basic information about the prospective student including a short outline of their proposed area of study.  Fileadmissions guidance

Stage 2: Full Application

The full Microsoft Office document iconPGR Application Form includes a research proposal containing a more complete outline of the thesis topic. 

Stage 3: Research Proposal

The research proposal should be a document of approximately 1000 words. This will be circulated to members of the School working in your area of interest and is an extremely important part of your application as it will help to identify whether the University has a supervisor who may be suitable. Your research proposal should include:

• working title

• summary of the aims and objectives of your research

• an outline of the ways you will meet these aims and objectives, referring to research methods and specific resources you will use

• evidence of your awareness of relevant literature and theoretical approaches

Once all three documents are completed and returned to the applicant may then be asked to attend an interview. The next stage of application will be discussed with the applicant at the interveiew. 

Fees 2017/2018

For information on Postgraduate Research fees for Home and EU students visit Home and EU Fees.

Other guidance linked to on this page may not apply - please contact the Graduate School at

Alumni Postgraduate Loyalty Scheme

The University of Suffolk Alumni Postgraduate Loyalty Scheme has been developed to support and encourage final year undergraduate students and alumni to progress to full or part-time postgraduate taught or research programmes at the University of Suffolk .

Full details of the scheme can be found in the Alumni section of the website.


The Government Postgraduate Doctoral Loan is now live and accepting funding applications. For further information on the Doctoral Loan please visit the Government website here.

Framework of Compliance for Postgraduate Research Students on UKVI Tier 4

This framework is designed to be used for all international research degree students registered at the University of Suffolk who require a Tier 4 visa. Tier 4 is the main visa route used by international postgraduate research students (those from outside the EU/EEA) to study in the UK. 

PDF iconFramework of Compliance for Tier 4.pdf