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PhD 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 2020
    • Home/EU students - 1 May 2020
    • International students - 1 April 2020

    January entry

    • Start Date - 1 January 2020
    • Home/EU students - 1 August 2020
    • International students - 1 July 2020

    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

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


    Full Application Form


    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 as it will help to identify whether the University has a supervisor who may be suitable. 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 these documents are completed and returned to, the applicant may then be invited to attend an interview. 


    Fees for Postgraduate Research Students

    Full Time Fees for 2019/20 -  £4,327
    Part Time Fees for 2019/20 -  £2,163.50

    For further information on Postgraduate Research 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. 

    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

    Fee Waiver Scholarships

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