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PhD Applications

COVID19 - The Graduate School is still open and we are accepting applications for PhD study for October 2020, 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:

    October entry

    Start Date - 1 October 2020

    Home/EU students - 1 May 2020

    International students - 1 April 2020

    January entry

    Start Date - 1 January 2021

    Home/EU students - 1 August 2020

    International students - 1 July 2020

    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

    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
    Full Application Form

    Please ensure that all sections of the application form are completed and return this, along with your research proposal, to

    Research Proposal

    The research proposal will be circulated to members of the School working in your area of interest and is an extremely important part of your application. The proposal will help to identify whether the University has a supervisory team who may be suitable for supporting your PhD study.  Guidance on writing a research proposal can be found below and online. 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 you have completed the application form and research proposal, please return them to You may then be invited to attend an interview and asked to submit additional application documents, such as your CV and academic certificates and transcripts. 

    Fees and Finance Information

    Fees for UK/EU Postgraduate Research Students

    Full Time Fees for 2020/21 -  £4,407
    Part Time Fees for 2020/21 -  £2,203.50

    For further information on Postgraduate Research fees, or to ask about our international student fees, 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. offer an annual £5,000 PhD scholarship plus a number of smaller awards in any subject. 
    Please visit the FindAPhD website for further information.

    Further information on funding may be found on the Postgraduate Funding page, please click here to navigate to this page. 

    Fee Waiver Scholarships

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