Research course


University of East Anglia · Faculty of Arts and Humanities
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH DEGREES - We specialise in three broad areas: politics and public policy; critical global politics; and cultural politics, communication and media. We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD research degrees as well as Masters' by Research.

STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - We have more than 30 members of staff, all of whom actively engage with research. We take an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach in our work, linking theory to practice, to create a distinctive programme of research. This has given us a strong international reputation for research in a wide variety of areas, including: international relations; international relations theory; international security; terrorism; human rights; religion; the US; Britain; the EU; Japan; Africa; the mass media; the new media; political communications; popular culture; identity politics; public administration and public policy; political theory; and political rhetoric.

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly. For details see:

Our students produce ground-breaking research across the fields of politics, culture and media, international relations, political theory, and public policy. You will be supervised by a team of at least two faculty members.

RESEARCH EVENTS FOR PhD STUDENTS - As a research student you'll become a member of a vibrant academic community. Three thematic research groups meet regularly for staff and postgraduate researchers. They discuss work-in-progress, funding and engagement activities and organise research workshops. You'll also meet visiting speakers and have the chance to be involved in our national and international conferences. You’ll certainly be part of our regular research seminars at which you’ll present work and receive advice on various aspects of researching, writing and submitting a PhD thesis. Formal research training and broader professional training sessions are organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School.

Information for international students

English entry requirement: Minimum IELTS 7.0 overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening and 7.0 in writing), or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709