How to Apply

Applications for all Postgraduate Research vacancies should be made using the online application form on the University of East Anglia’s website. The links at the bottom of this page will take you through to the application form.

Applicants should fulfil the entry requirements for PhD registration at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and should have, or expect to obtain, a good Undergraduate Honours Degree (minimum of UK Upper Second Class or equivalent).


Along with your application form, please prepare the following:

  • Official Transcripts (in English) of your Higher Education qualifications
  • Evidence of your English Proficiency (if English is not your first language)

Details of English Language requirements for candidates can be found at: English Language Requirements.

  • Two references

We require two references and you will need to request these.  At least one of these must be an academic reference.  References will not be considered from supervisors on the project you are applying for.

  • Personal Statement

Personal statement no more than 500 words, outlining why your background experience relates to undertaking research study with us.

  • Curriculum Vitae

CV detailing professional qualifications, publications and research interests if applying for a research degree (PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research).

  • Research Proposal

Advertised funded projects – If you are applying for an advertised research project, instead of submitting a Research Proposal please upload a Research Statement including why you are applying for the project, an outline of your relevant current knowledge and skills indicating how these will help you complete the research and your training needs. Please note that all Research Proposals and/or Research Statements must have been produced by you.

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) Rotation PhD - In your Research Statement please describe your reasons for pursuing postgraduate study, your reasons for choosing this course, and your long term career objectives and/or goals. You should include your research interests describing what you feel you would gain from the Rotation Programme and three research areas of JIC/TSL Science that most interest you and why. You are not required to develop a research proposal. The purpose of this part of the application is to allow us to gauge which areas of science you might be interested in and why these specifically appeal to you. It is sufficient to make this quite broad by looking at the research areas of the specific departments. This does not impact on any rotations you may choose to do if you are selected for the programme.

Other Applications – If you are applying for a research degree with the aim of securing your own funding from an external source please also include a research proposal of not more than 1000 words, giving the names of any research faculty members working in your research area.