Welcome to UEA Social Sciences Welcome to UEA Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Science (SSF) Graduate School at the University of East Anglia (UEA) provides a vibrant and interdisciplinary research and training environment for postgraduate research (PGR) students. UEA is ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK (Times/Sunday Times 2020; Complete University Guide 2020) and the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of its social science research and provision (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020). UEA also achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017-2020. 

The University was ranked 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis). The results show that more than 82 per cent of UEA research is classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014), confirming UEA’s position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

The Faculty is divided into seven Schools - the Norwich Business School (NBS), Economics (ECO), Education (EDU), International Development (DEV), Law (LAW), Psychology (PSY) and Social Work (SWK) – and the SSF Graduate School oversees an advanced programme of supervised research degrees and research training across this range of disciplines. Some subject-specific training will be available in your home school, but this is complemented by an extensive faculty-led 'Personal and Professional Development' (PPD) programme - which includes between 80-85 training sessions each year covering researcher development and professional skills content - as well as an advanced training programme provisioned by leading researchers from across the university. The Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA is also taking a lead in the development and provision of 'live-taught' online training for PGR's and currently offers this provision to its own PGR students and those of 43 other higher education institutions across the UK. Attendances at all our training programmes tend to be high and the audiences are typically interdisciplinary and frequently drawn from a range of universities, so UEA/SSF really does provide an eclectic forum and environment for working and networking in the social sciences. 

The SSF Graduate School offers you the opportunity to conduct high quality and impactful research under the supervision of internationally renowned academics and to develop research and transferable skills that will support your future career in academia, industry or elsewhere. Information about all our supervised research degrees, how to apply and further information and contact details for each School are provided in the links below. We hope to hear from you soon.

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The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership The SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership

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The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a social sciences focused research and doctoral training partnership (DTP) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), enables doctoral students to build strong relationships with both academic, user, and practitioner networks at a number of different levels. The consortium already contains over 200 existing partnerships with external organizations and opportunities to engage with these organizations embedded in the design of its various training pathways and cohort development activities. UEA's doctoral students will also be able to access excellent research, transferable skills, and advanced training, provisioned in their home institution and across the other nine consortium institutions (which include the Universities of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Goldsmiths College, Roehampton, & City University).

As a member of SeNSS, UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over the next six years across 12 different training pathways.

The deadline for applications in respect of 2020/21 full and part-time +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) ESRC funded studentships is Monday 20th January 2020 at 12:00pm (midday). Funding is available to candidates who meet the UK/EU residency requirements as reflected in the UKRI Training Grant Guide and relative to all subject areas in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA - Business, Education, Economics, International Development, Law, Psychology, and Social Work.

Please note that there is a two-stage process for consideration for a SeNSS Studentship award and if put forward by your prospective Supervisor you will also need to complete an online SeNSS application form.

For queries related to SeNSS and to fill out a SeNSS application form please contact the PGR Service via senss.dtp@uea.ac.uk.


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Supervised Research Degrees: Entry & Application Information



Registration and Induction Information



Fees and Studentships



PGR Training in the Faculty of Social Science



Student Profiles



PGR Research Service Administrative Information