Study at University of East Anglia (UEA)

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Study at UEA

Established in the year 1963, the University of East Anglia, Norwich, is one of the esteemed universities in the UK offering quality programs in diverse fields of study. Eminent for providing cutting-edge research opportunities and all-embracing campus life, the university is also recognized for launching the first Creative Writing course in the UK and is highly praised for its Seminar System, facilitating small groups and personalized teaching. For those aspiring to pursue an academic program in the UK, this blog aims to bring you a detailed guide on studying in UEA, the programs offered and admission essentials, among other details.

Why Choose UEA?

The University of East Anglia is recognised among the top universities in the country and is renowned for its world-class teaching facilities and homely campus environment. If you are planning to study at UEA, here are the key reasons why it is increasingly becoming a preferred academic institution among international students.

Teaching Excellence

Home to a distinguished faculty of world experts, UEA has been awarded a Gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) every year since 2017. With a student-teacher ratio of 14:1, UEA has always emphasised upon facilitating an enriched learning experience for its students. Owing to its lifelong commitment to outstanding teaching and learning, the institution has been consistently recognised and praised for imparting quality education, thus making it a preferred choice of students across the globe.

Extensive Research Opportunities

In the Times Higher REF 2014 analysis, the University of East Anglia got acclaimed for its quality of research outputs as it ranked at the 10th position amongst UK’s top 25 universities. The research projects carried out at the university are embedded with unique teaching methodologies and provide students with great exposure to build strong connections with society, government and the industry. In the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2020 for Research Citations, UEA has been featured among the top 50 institutions in the world. Research at UEA is focused on varied parameters to combat global challenges that the world is facing.

Spectacular Campus

The University of East Anglia is home to a globally famed and award-winning campus, spread across 320 acres, which comprises many architectural marvels and is equipped with excellent facilities. UEA, being a lively campus, consists of the stunning Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which made its silver screen appearance as the home of the Avengers in the Marvel movies franchise; the £30 million pound Sportspark, one of the biggest indoor sports centres in the country; the John Innes Centre, the hub of groundbreaking research in Plant Science, Genetics & Microbiology and the Thomas Paine Study Centre featuring a scintillating 360 seat-tiered lecture theatre and an impressive 50-seat seminar room.

Moreover, the university houses the marvelous Ziggurats for student accommodation, the fascinating Earlham Hall which is a vivid mix of historic and contemporary architecture and is restored as UEA School of Law, which was also a 17th-century structure as the country’s greenest building and the most celebrated Enterprise Centre, all within close proximity. Furthermore, the newly designed hi-tech Science building at UEA was inaugurated by Dr Jane Goodall who is well-known as the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall is best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts
Sportspark, University of East Anglia
Sportspark, University of East Anglia
Ziggurats at UEA
Ziggurats at UEA
Earlham Hall
Earlham Hall
Enterprise Centre
Enterprise Centre
John Innes Centre
John Innes Centre
Thomas Paine Building
Thomas Paine Building
Newly Designed Science Building at UEA
Newly Designed Science Building, UEA

Ahead in the League

While planning to study abroad, choosing the right institution to acquire quality education can be a cumbersome process. If you are aspiring to study in the UK, take a look at the recent accolades and rankings that distinguishes UEA from other universities in the country: 

  • UK Top 25 (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • UK Top 25 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • UK Top 30 (The Guardian University League Tables 2021)
  • World Top 200 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)
  • World Top 50 for Research Citations (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
  • 10th in the UK for Quality of Research Outputs (Times Higher REF 2014)
  • QS World Rankings 2022: 307th 
  • 1st in the UK for research impact in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences 2014

Experience the Dynamic Campus Life at UEA

The vibrant campus life at UEA is filled with a multitude of special open days and campus tours conducted throughout the year. Moreover, UEA is home to more than 200 clubs and societies ranging from men’s and women’s football teams to a Quidditch team as well as cultural societies such as the Indian Society, Tamil Society, Bengali Society and Enactus, to name a few. The campus is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure including a 24-hour library, which has a range of archives students can access as well as a café, a concert and gig venue, four bars, two kitchens, a 24-hour launderette, a medical centre, a dental clinic, a grocery store, a bookstore, a bank, a career centre and a pharmacy. 

Safe Environment

  • The safety and well-being of its students and staff is always UEA’s utmost priority. There is zero tolerance towards any form of abuse or harassment and UEA has always strived to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for international students. Even in the present pandemic situation, the university has taken strict measures to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Teaching is now being conducted online with the help of Blackboard and the institution has executed all the precautionary measures such as additional cleaning across the campus, installation of handwashing stations and ensuring availability of hand sanitizers throughout the premises. UEA researchers have started a project to 3D print masks, ventilator parts and other essential equipment required to fight Covid-19. 

UEA World University Ranking

Ranking Source Category Rank Year 
QS World University Ranking  QS World University Ranking  342 2023
Times Higher Education World University Ranking 182 2022
US News & World Report Best Global University #320 2022

Courses Offered at UEA

To cater to a wide range of fields and specializations, the University of East Anglia has designed a plethora of unique and trending courses at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. Moreover, there is a multitude of research-oriented and PhD programs offered at UEA, which you can choose from. Tabulated below are the prominent bachelor’s and master’s level programs you can consider to study at UEA:

Undergraduate-level Courses  Postgraduate-level Courses 
BA Film and Television Studies
BA Film Studies and English Literature 
BA in History
BA International Relations
BEng Computer Systems Engineering
BSc Business Management
BSc Actuarial Science
BSc Accounting and Management
BSc Psychology
BSc Marketing Management
BSc in Chemistry
BSc in Economics
MSc Accounting And Finance
MSc Banking And Finance
MA Development Practice
MA Film Studies
MSc Enterprise and Business Creation
MSc Brand Leadership
MSc Cyber Security
LLM Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
LLM International Commercial and Business Law
MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism International
MA Creative Writing Scriptwriting
MA Creative Writing Prose Fiction

UEA INTO Courses

UEA also offers uniquely designed INTO courses which are specialised degree and pathway programs specifically curated for international students. The INTO courses, taught in the INTO building located on UEA campus itself, are available in the following fields of study:

Business, Economics, Society and Culture Mathematics and Actuarial Science Business Management and Economics General Science
Psychology Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health International Foundation Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Humanities and Law Business Social Sciences Economics

Along with these, you can choose International Year One (earlier referred to as International Diploma) as well as International Graduate Diploma from UEA INTO courses. The university is also well-known for its Newton A-level program and a multitude of English language programs. Students pursuing INTO courses can use UEA campus and facilities from day one itself. On successfully completing these INTO courses, students are transferred to UEA degree courses. 

Eligibility Criteria & Application Process 

Once you have finalized your course at UEA, you must go through the eligibility requirements for the program and start gathering the application essentials. Here are the basic eligibility criteria you need to fulfil while applying to a course at UEA:

  • For bachelor’s level courses, formal schooling of 10+2 from a recognized institution
  • For master’s level courses, a bachelor’s degree in the same or relevant field 
  • A good score in language proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, UEA/INTO PSE (Pre-Sessional English), Class 12th English, GRE and Duolingo.

Note: The above-mentioned requirements elucidate the basic eligibility criteria of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Thus, students are advised to go through the eligibility requirements of their selected program at the university’s official website.

Now, let’s understand the application process to apply for a program at the university.  You need to follow the following pointers to send your application successfully to UEA. 

  • Collect all the important admission documents such as a copy of your passport, the scorecard of IELTS/TOEFL, and LOR along with your academic transcripts.
  • You will be required to present an SOP in which you must mention your academic achievements and qualifications along with elaborating upon why you have chosen a certain course to study at UEA.
  • For undergraduate courses, candidates have to apply through the UCAS website. Sign up at the website and fill the application form selecting UEA from the list of universities, along with your desired course. For postgraduate courses, applicants can directly apply through the university website.
  • Once you have an offer to study at UEA, you need to wait for your CAS letter, which will be sent to you 3 months prior to the starting date of your course, after which you can begin your application for the student visa.
  • After receiving an offer from UEA, you must also apply for on-campus accommodation, which is only provided for those opting for full-time courses. For undergraduate students, the university guarantees accommodation for the first year after which students usually prefer off-campus accommodation.
  • For postgraduate students, accommodation is guaranteed once they pay their deposit amount, fulfil all the criteria as well as accept their offer. Furthermore, UEA’s accommodation guarantee is only for a room (not of a specific type or single room) in the university residences or in accommodations that are either managed by the university itself or any of its partnered institutions. Candidates must log in to the portal to choose accommodation. 

Life at UEA

A university is much more than just lectures and assignments. It’s a place where you would spend the best years of your life. Based in one of the country’s safest cities and the UNESCO awarded City of Literature- Norwich, the University of East Anglia (UEA) is a notable name among the top UK universities. Regarded as Britain’s premier institution for research and teaching excellence, UEA is not just an institution but a place where you make memories and build stories. Along with remarkable teaching standards, the institution is home to a number of amenities and facilities making life at UEA worth experiencing.

Make an Impact- Life at UEA

Gold-Rated Teaching 

Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework ranking, the university is consistently appraised for delivering outstanding learning experiences. Acknowledged by the Government through this award, UEA has added another feather to its hat. 

Sports and Extracurricular Activities

  • A major part of life at UEA is sports and co-curricular activities. The astonishing Sportspark on campus comprises an Olympic-sized pool, an athletics track, a climbing wall, floodlit astro-pitches, a 125-station state of the art fitness centre and a gym along with supporting services like the Diet MOT and Sports Massage Therapy, thus making it one of the biggest sports facilities in the UK.
  • Students can enjoy these activities and try something new each time! Norwich is a bustling city renowned for its cutting-edge arts scene with a wide variety of cultural activities happening all around the year. You can always volunteer in different on and off-campus events and campaigns, gain extensive experience as well as work towards societal welfare and witness how your efforts can make a big difference! 

Get Entertained 

The enchanting 320-acre campus of UEA is a diverse mix of ancient buildings and modern architecture. It also features a beautiful lake and can be regarded as a mini-city equipped with hi-tech facilities. You can take a break from your studies and rejuvenate yourself by watching a movie or listening to live music at the campus. At UEA, you can experience a great mix of mainstream and alternative clubs & societies. The state-of-the-art infrastructure of UEA campus includes four bars, a cafe, a concert and gig venue, 2 kitchens, a grocery store, a bookstore, a bank, and a 24-hour launderette. It also has a well-equipped library which is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Feel Supported 

Studying abroad can be difficult if not provided with the required academic or personal support. Your life at UEA is totally secured and supported the minute you enter the university. The proficient academic staff is not only going to support you in the classroom but also provides much-needed assistance outside the classroom as well!

Along with this, an impartial team of experienced advisors at UEA SU are always available to help students take charge of a situation for a positive change. They provide guidance and support to students in carrying out all the university procedures as well as sort housing, money, employment rights and welfare issues. As the body is independent of the university, they represent students without any conflict of interest, thus giving more power and support to the students. 

“I was nervous prior to starting my studies, but university staff helped me find accommodation and I found that there was support on campus such as free language classes and there were a lot of events happening for students to become familiar with the university.”
Saket (MSc Enterprise and Business Creation)

Varied Clubs and Societies 

UEA has more than 200 clubs and societies ranging from arts, dance and music to more than 60 sports clubs for football or frisbee. Students get various networking and social opportunities by being a part of these clubs and societies, adding to their overall personality development. Moreover, if you cannot find a suitable club or society, you can always start one!

A Glimpse of Societies at UEA

Careers at UEA

The University of East Anglia has a strong commitment to providing students with a multitude of internship and placement opportunities to help them gain extensive real-world exposure to their field of interest. MyCareerCentral (MyCC) is an exclusive free career platform for UEA talent which caters to 17,000+ students and 4,000 recent graduates registered with the service to engage with employers offering full-time employment as well as part-time jobs, volunteering placements, career guidance and more.

“I have found opportunities for personal growth and development not only academically, but also to expand beyond classroom knowledge.”
Aarpita (MSc Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining)


  • UEA is proud of its quality and affordable accommodation which is a mix of modern and historical buildings surrounded by beautiful countryside. The Crome Court, PG accommodation at UEA won the Green Gown Award 2015 in the ‘Built Environment’ category as it utilizes 69% of its energy from renewable resources.
  • Only those opting for full-time courses at UEA are eligible to apply for the on-campus accommodation. For UG candidates, the university guarantees accommodation for the first year. Whereas, for PG students, an accommodation guarantee is provided once they have met all conditions and paid their deposit.
  • Norwich is a safe place to live with great private rental markets, thus finding a perfect place to live off-campus is not going to be difficult. Student Union Advice Centre is always there to help or advise on issues related to off-site accommodations including homestays. 

“I could develop my personality to become a better version of myself and still constantly try and do my best. I would recommend everyone to experience this journey!”
Rosna Gopalkrishnan (MBA)

Scholarships at UEA

Indian Undergraduate Scholarships
Indian students applying for admission to UEA automatically qualify for one of the following scholarships* : 

£4,000 (INR 3,60,000) every year  for all classroom-based courses
£6,000 (INR 5,40,000) every year for all laboratory-based courses

[These are approximated values, taken as 1 GBP = 90 INR. Subject to change as per currency fluctuation.]

Note: *Excluding Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy courses.

Indian Postgraduate Scholarships
Indian candidates applying to postgraduate courses* at UEA will be automatically awarded the following scholarships:

£4,000 (INR 3,60,000) if all entry requirements of UEA are met
£5,000 (INR 4,50,000) if your final undergraduate grade is 65% or above. 

[These are approximated values, taken as 1 GBP = 90 INR. Subject to change as per currency fluctuation.]

Note: *Excluding Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.  

Apart from these, there are various alluring scholarships to avail. Few of these are mentioned below:  

UG Scholarships  PG Scholarships 
Bright Spark Scholarships 
University-Wide Scholarships 
Arts and Humanities Scholarships
Sports Scholarships  
International Scholarships 
Science Scholarships 
Semester and Year Abroad Scholarship
EU Scholarships
Social Sciences Scholarship 
Summer Study at UEA 
University-Wide Scholarships 
Social Sciences Scholarships 
Arts and Humanities Scholarships 
Science Scholarships  

UEA is much more than just a regular university. It is a place that is going to support you at every step, help you explore your passions, nourish your dreams and build a great career pathway for you. If you believe that UEA matches your dream university, then get in touch with Leverage Edu and we will guide you through the admission process for the upcoming sessions! Call us immediately at 1800 57 2000 for a free 30-minute counselling session.

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