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PhD Applications

COVID19 - The Graduate School is still open and we are accepting applications for PhD study for January 2021 and October 2021. For the specific application deadlines, please see below. 


How to apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree at the University of Suffolk

Thank you for your interest in pursuing postgraduate research at University of Suffolk, we're delighted that you are considering us! We are pleased to offer both Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degrees and would welcome your application. 

This page will explain our application process to you and outline exactly what you need to do to get the ball rolling!

All of our Postgraduate Research students will enrol at the University of Suffolk but will also register for their award at the University of East Anglia (UEA), meaning you will have the option to use the facilities available to you at both institutions. All PhD supervision and training will take place here in Ipswich at the University of Suffolk. 

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

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

January entry

Start Date - 1 January 2021

Home/EU students - 1 August 2020

International students - 1 July 2020

October entry

Start Date - 1 October 2021

Home/EU students - 1 May 2021

International students - 1 April 2021

To start the application process for a Postgraduate Research degree at the University of Suffolk you will need to submit an application form and a research proposal. The application form template and proposal guidelines can be found below. These documents and any queries you may have should be sent to or you can contact us on 07939 401023. 

Please read our admissions guidance for further information on the application process 

Our current areas of excellence for PhD study are:

  • Health and Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Business Management
  • Heritage
  • Education
  • History
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • English
  • Sustainability
  • Psychology
  • Criminology

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