PhD Study and the Suffolk Doctoral College

Learn more about PhD study at the University of Suffolk

Interested in joining our thriving Postgraduate Research student community here at the University of Suffolk? Please read on to find out more about us and what we can offer you.

Working closely with academics, and supported by our commended Suffolk Doctoral College, you will have an excellent experience here in Ipswich as a Postgraduate Research student and make a valued contribution to our emergent research community. We work in partnership with the University of Brighton to provide PhD courses in a range of research areas.

Through studying with us, you will have access to a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme, accessible to all University of Suffolk PhD students and early career researchers. Training will primarily be available online and will provide you with an excellent series of workshops to cover wide-ranging topics relevant to you and your PhD.

The Suffolk Doctoral College also organises a number of social and training events throughout the year, where interaction between researchers of different academic disciplines is encouraged, to foster a vibrant and supportive research community. 

Your PhD experience will benefit from our location on the Ipswich Waterfront and our continuous investment in our facilities. This includes a recently refurbished dedicated working space on the first floor of the Library Building, available exclusively to our PGR students and their supervisors as a social and working space.

We continue to take applications for PhD study during the COVID-19 pandemic, research students have continuously overcome challenges, be it in their studies, professional careers or personal lives. See what our PhD students think of the Suffolk Doctoral College response to COVID-19.

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 Katie, one of our PhD students, tells us about her PhD study at the University of Suffolk.

PhD Subject Areas and Supervisors


Explore our research areas at Suffolk further, either by subject or by Supervisor.

Applying for a PhD

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What is a PhD? Is it right for you? A full range of info on PhDs, Research Proposals and how to make a successful application.

Why Suffolk?

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Is the University of Suffolk right for you? Make an informed decision about where to study your PHD.

PhD Funding and Scholarships


There are a number of options for part- or even complete-funding of a research degree, also for doctoral loans.

Suffolk Doctoral College

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The Suffolk Doctoral College looks after recruitment, student experience and skills development of all Postgraduate Research students.

Meet our PHD students

Phd Students

Some of our current postgraduate research students talk about their own areas of research and their experiences at the University of Suffolk.

Our People

Professor Emma Bond is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk.  As Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Emma is a key member of our University’s Executive and Senior Leadership Team and has a significant role in driving the r...

Sarah was appointed Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College in 2021. Prior to this role she was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities for three years. She is an Associate Professor of social policy specialising in Childhood Studies and has twenty...

Andreea has worked for the University of Suffolk since September 2010. She has a master's degree in quantitative economy (MSc), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an MPhil in Health and Social Care. She is an Academic with 25 years of experience in higher education and p...

Hazel joined the University in March 2022 and is currently working full-time as Co-ordinator of the Suffolk Doctoral College.  She is responsible for processing PhD enquiries, organising inductions and social events for PGR students, co-ordinating queries, maintaining student re...

Kerri is our newly appointed Postgraduate Research Academic Coordinator, working within the Suffolk Doctoral College in the Research Directorate team. Her role involves processing PhD applications and supporting students from their initial enquiry right through until the students co...