Research course

Chemistry (UEA-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme)

University of East Anglia · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

To be considered for funding, candidates wishing to apply to the UEA-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme must send an application package to SUSTech by 30 November 2017. Selected applicants will then be invited to apply to UEA.

The documents required by SUSTech to complete a funding application are listed below. These documents must be sent via email to the relevant SUSTech departmental contact (These contacts will be affiliated to the department of the SUSTech co-supervisor, and are listed in the table of collaborations for Chemistry.)

The application package, consisting of the documents listed below, should be sent in attachment to an email with the following subject:

Applying for 2018 Overseas Collaborative PhD Program: Department of SUSTech - (Name of the Applicant).

  • Application form (in English);
  • Resume or CV (in English);
  • Research plan (within 2,000 characters in English);
  • Personal statement (within 2,000 characters in English);
  • Two recommendations using the SUSTech Recommendation Form (in English);
  • Scanned copies of official transcripts issued by Higher Education Institutions;
  • English Language Test Reports (IETLS or Equivalent Test);
  • Scanned copy of ID document;
  • Scanned copies of Degree Certificates, Diplomas, education and student information certification, Chinese applicants must verify their degree certificate and diploma through this website and provide the electronic verification record;
  • Other materials contributing to application (such as thesis, academic paper published in the scientific research periodicals or meeting, or other publication, patent, honorary certificate, professional certificate scan, etc.).

Please note:

Before submitting an application, candidates must contact a potential UEA supervisor to discuss a project suitable for the UEA-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme.

Here you will find a list of UEA supervisors having established collaborations with SUSTech, and potential PhD research subjects:

Months of entry


Course content

Students will spend the first year of the programme at the University of East Anglia (UEA), based in Norwich, UK, followed by two and a half years of research at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), based in Shenzhen, China. Students will then return to UEA to complete their research work and thesis in the final year.

Studentships will cover tuition fees, a stipend, as well as a Research and Training Support Grant during the residence at UEA, which includes the following financial support:

Year 1

  • A maintenance stipend for the first year of study based at UEA.
  • International fees for postgraduate research studies at UEA.
  • A research training and support grant will be available to cover research and training expenses for the student during the period of study at UEA.

Years 2 and 3, and the first six months in Year 4

  • The studentship paid to the student during the period of study based at SUSTech will provide funds for SUSTech tuition fees, accommodation and a maintenance stipend.
  • During this period of study, students will be provided with on-campus accommodation.

Year 4 (final six months of study)

  • A maintenance stipend for the final period of study at UEA.
  • International fees for postgraduate research studies at UEA.

Fees and funding

Funding for the cohort starting in October 2018 is only available to Chinese citizens.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Audrey Heppleston