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Founded in 1963, the University of East Anglia (UEA) is ranked as one of the UK's Top 15 universities (Guardian University Guide 2015, Complete University Guide 2015), with an international reputation for first-rate quality teaching and research across a wide range of subject areas.

The University received the highest ranking in its most recent teaching quality audit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the latest government Research Assessment Exercise placed UEA among the best research universities in the UK, with almost 90 per cent of the University's research activity deemed to be of international standing, and over 50 per cent as world leading or internationally excellent.

Home to over 15,000 Home/EU and International students, our Postgraduate community of around 3,000 students forms one of the central strengths of the University. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our wide range of intellectually stimulating Postgraduate Taught and Research degrees, and aim to offer a supportive environment, with leading academic specialists, and access to exceptional research resources.

Being a Postgraduate at UEA is wonderful: It's challenging, it's rewarding and it's great fun. Friendly people and the lovely city of Norwich make this a fantastic experience that I would recommend to anyone."

Ljiljana Harding PhD Pharmaceutical Materials Science

Postgraduate study

Four Faculties, comprising a total of 24 Schools of study, provide research-led teaching with academic rigour in a range of subjects across the Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences.

Degrees may be offered as full-time and part-time options, and also include professional studies such as teaching, medicine, law and business, as well as a number of short course professional development opportunities.

Faculty of Science

Taught: Graduate Diploma, MRes, MSc
Research: MSc, MPhil, PhD

The quality of our research has earned us a reputation as one of the top ten research universities for science in the UK. We have a powerful reputation for innovation, excellence and an interdisciplinary approach, collaborating with our affiliated institutes in the Norwich Research Park. Study areas include:

Affiliated Institutes: Norwich Research Park

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Taught: Graduate Diploma, MRes, MA
Research: MRes, MPhil, PhD

Our early reputation was established through our strength in the Arts and Humanities and this has been developed through the various departments which include:

Faculty of Social Sciences

Taught: PG Cert, PG Diploma, PGCE, Graduate Diploma, MRes, LLM, MA, MSc
Research: MRes, MARes, LLM, MPhil, PhD

The Faculty works at the forefront of academic and professional development and has a powerful reputation for originality and collaboration. Areas of study include:

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Taught: PG Cert, PG Diploma, MRes, MCE, MSc
Research: MPhil, PhD

The Faculty builds on a strong tradition in innovation and vision in research and training and has a close partnership with local health service providers. Activities reflect our desire to improve the nation's health through interdisciplinary research linking laboratory science to the needs of patients, populations and health policy makers. Working in close collaboration with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, the Departments within the Faculty include:

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Funding your study

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University and from a number of external schemes. Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships offered by the University are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Career development

The University actively strives to equip its Postgraduate students with the attributes necessary to succeed in whichever employment field they enter. Our specialist Postgraduate Career Development Advisers will provide impartial information, advice and guidance, helping students to understand themselves and the employment market and to develop suitable career-related skills and knowledge.

All students undertaking research will also be able to gain access to and participate in events connected to the wide-ranging network of Research Centres and Institutes of the University of East Anglia.

The Norwich Research Park is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and four independent research centres: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, the Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre. With over 10,000 people the Norwich Research Park has one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in Health, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Learning resources and facilities

Our Postgraduate students have access to a wide range of resources and facilities to assist their studies. Our network of professional Student Services offers information, advice, practical help and specialist resources to enable all students to take full advantage of the opportunities offered at postgraduate level.

The University's Library is open 7 days a week during semesters. Facilities include more than 800,000 volumes of books and journals, a range of electronic resources including major bibliographic and citation databases, an extensive audio-visual collection, and an inter-lending and document supply service. IT facilities include a 24-hour access area in the Library, IT hubs across campus, a high-speed network connecting the whole University campus and a wireless network for laptop and mobile access.

Our Language Learning support also provides students with the opportunity to learn to speak another language, with classes from beginner to advanced levels. Languages offered include Arabic, British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Specialist facilities also include purpose-built, state-of-the-art scientific laboratories, psychology research pods and observation suites, drama and electro-acoustic music studios, telecommunications suites and resources to facilitate purpose-led clinical trials, investigative experiments, analysis and modelling.

UEA was very important to me at a crucial time in my research life. I received a brilliant training as a research student which has stood me in good stead for the rest of my career. And, of course, I really enjoyed myself."

Sir Paul Nurse PhD Biology and 2011 Nobel Prize Winner
Campus buildings

The university campus and Norwich

Located in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Norwich, the University campus offers award-winning accommodation, sporting, social and cultural services all in one unique location. The University has continually invested in the enhancement of its facilities, with new teaching space, extended learning support and careers resources, and an expanded library service amongst developments over the last few years.

We have around 3,500 student rooms available, all are fully furnished, centrally heated and grouped round a shared kitchen. Accommodation is self-catering, but if you feel like a change from cooking for yourself, there are plenty of places to eat and drink on campus. International postgraduates new to the University are guaranteed accommodation in their first year, provided that they meet certain requirements.

Sporting facilities encompass the multi-million Sportspark, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness centre, athletics track and climbing wall and is consistently ranked as having the best student sports facilities in the UK. The University also hosts a biannual International Literary Festival which has included famous names such as Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro (both Alumni of UEA's Creative Writing course) and is home to the world famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which houses the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection - one of the greatest art collections of the twentieth century.

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich - the perfect location

A friendly, easy-going, and safe place to live, the bustling centre of Norwich is just a few minutes by bus from the University. The historic city is one of the top ten shopping venues in the UK and its cinemas, theatres, pubs and clubs offer a lively social life.

Norwich has all the characteristics of a 'university city'. A major commercial and thriving cultural centre, it is steeped in history and retains its distinctive character. The city boasts a vibrant blend of independent stores, small specialist shops, major high street chains and the country's largest six-day open-air market, set amidst a maze of pretty medieval cobble-stoned lanes and alleys. It also has good bus and rail connections to the rest of the UK and having its own airport ensures easy access to the Continent with connections to 200 cities worldwide.

I learnt to think, question and be inspired at UEA, which in turn has helped me to hopefully inspire others, whether on a personal or professional level. Most of all I had a life-enhancing time.

Tamara Ingram Executive Vice President and Managing Director (Grey Global), former Chair (Visit London) and former Executive Chairman (Saatchi & Saatchi)

The University received the highest ranking in its most recent teaching quality audit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and has been consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the Guardian University Guide: 2015, the Complete University Guide 2015 and for student satisfaction in the UK National Student Survey.

The latest government Research Assessment Exercise placed UEA among the best research universities in the UK, with almost 90 per cent of the University's research activity deemed to be of international standing, and over 50 per cent as world leading or internationally excellent.


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