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PhD Applications

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 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 and Social Work
  • Business Management
  • Heritage
  • Education
  • History
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • English
  • Sustainability
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Fine Art

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