University profile

University of East Anglia

2016/17 edition

About University of East Anglia


UEA is ranked as one of the UK's Top 20 universities according to the Guardian University Guide, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, with an international reputation for first-rate quality teaching and research across a wide range of subject areas.

In the latest Research Excellent Framework (REF) 2014 UEA came 10th in the UK for the quality of its research outputs and 21st overall out of all mainstream British institutions. The results show that more than 82% of UEA research is classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming UEA’s position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society. The University maintains this reputation by selecting the most able and dedicated staff and students from around the world, and challenging them to reach their full potential.

Home to over 15,000 Home/EU and International students, our Postgraduate community of around 3,500 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.

Postgraduate study


Four Faculties provide research-led teaching with academic rigor 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. Schools of study include:

Affiliated Institutes: Norwich Research Park

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Taught: Graduate Diploma, MRes, MA, MFA
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, MBA
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. Schools of study include:

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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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:

Funding your study


Funding for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses 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

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The University actively strives to equip its Postgraduate students with the attributes necessary to succeed in whichever employment field they enter. Our 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.

Learning resources and facilities

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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 24/7 throughout the year. 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.

The University Campus

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Located in 200 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.

International postgraduates new to the University are guaranteed accommodation in their first year, provided that they meet the certain requirements. All rooms are fully furnished 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.

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’s first literacy festival took place in 1991 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 - 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.

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.


UEA is home to many international students, on our website we have further in information on fees and funding, visas and how to apply.

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