Further information for Postgraduate Researchers Further information for Postgraduate Researchers

Wellbeing for Postgraduate Researchers
There are a number of areas within UEA that will support you and offer advice and guidance across a range of different needs during your studies. These include: 


The COURAGE Wellbeing Project
Further details of the COURAGE Wellbeing Project and Postgraduate Researcher reports can be found on our PGR events page.


Personal and Professional Development
To help you develop the research and employability skills you need for your degree and beyond, UEA runs a number of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Programmes. These are designed to develop your intellectual and practical needs as a higher level researcher. 

As a mandatory requirement of your research, an online directory for all PPD programmes and events has been created to assist you in finding suitable programmes to attend.


Annual Progress Review
During each year of your studies, you are required to submit an online Annual Progress Review (APR) of the previous year’s work.  

There is a set procedure that you are required to follow for the APR. To assist you with this, a full step by step guide for the APR process has been created to help you complete your online submission.


Teaching – working as an Associate Tutor at UEA
Postgraduate research students play an important role in the delivery of teaching at UEA, which is organised by individual Schools. Here are links to a guidance leaflet on working as an Associate Tutor, and the University’s policy:


Raising concerns about Bullying or Harassment
UEA is committed to maintaining a working, learning, living, and social environment that is free from all forms of harassment. Any incident of harassment will be regarded very seriously and may be grounds for disciplinary action including dismissal from the University in cases involving staff, and suspension and exclusion from the University in cases involving students. If you wish to raise concerns or need confidential support please consult the Student Services website. If a situation is directly affecting your academic supervision or research, you can also seek advice in confidence from the Head of Postgraduate Research Service on whether the Academic Appeals and Complaints process would be an appropriate way to raise and seek to address your concerns.


A key component of your research at UEA will be the completion of your thesis. There are a number of resources available to help guide you in the process of researching and writing your thesis. For example, PPD sessions run throughout the year, covering the different stages of completing your thesis, and can be found on the PPD Online Directory.

The University also publishes Guidance on the use of Proof Readers.

Useful information to help guide you in formatting your work can be found in the following policy document: Section 3 - Research Degrees: Submission, Presentation, Consultation and Borrowing of Theses  [UPDATED OCTOBER 2019]

Your supervisory team, especially your primary supervisor, will also be a key asset in guiding you through the process of researching and writing your thesis. Finally, further generic information on completing your thesis can be found on the Vitae website.

To view completed theses, a searchable digital archive of the research and enterprise output produced by staff and postgraduate researchers at the University of East Anglia is available for consultation. This may be of some use to you during your own work. Similarly, the British Library's EThOS archive provides a large number of research papers for public consultation.

Viva assessment
Once you have submitted your thesis, you are required to defend your work at an oral examination, known as a viva. It is important that you consult your supervisory team about what to expect, and ways you can go about preparing for the assessment.

You can find copies of the instructions to examiners and the report forms that they will complete in the PGR Examinations section

There are a number of PPD sessions that are focused on helping you to prepare for your viva, and can be viewed on the PPD Online Directory.

You may also find the section on the Vitae website, which provides generic advice for defending your thesis, of particular use whilst preparing for your viva.

For additional services and sources of information please see our Information for New Postgraduate Researchers page.