COVID19 - The Graduate School is still open and we are accepting applications for PhD study on a rolling basis. 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 Brighton, 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
It is common for PhD students to begin in the October following their application, fitting to normal academic term calendars. This also suits the funding cycle for a number of funding bodies. However, we operate a rolling intake so students can make applications at any time throughout the year. Start dates will always be on the first working day of the month and will normally be determined as follows:
UK/EU students: Normally one month after an offer is made
International students: Normally three months after an offer is made
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 email@example.com or you can contact us on 07939 401023.
Our current areas of excellence for PhD study are:
- Health and Biological Sciences
- Computer Science and Informatics
- Social Policy and Social Work
- Business Management
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Fine Art
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
FindAPhD.com 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.