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University of East Anglia

2016 League Table Ranking 16
2016 Overall Score 827
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Entry Standards 406 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.11 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,298 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.19 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 815 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 70.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 78.8 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 58.3 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Opened in 1963, one of the sixties generation of universities – UEA most recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • The University of East Anglia (UEA) was part of the 1994 Group until its dissolution in November 2013. 
  • The first UK university to offer courses in Creative Writing, Environmental Sciences and Development Studies, and champion of interdisciplinary subjects.
  • First university to study climate change with over 40 years experience through our Climatic Research Unit.
  • A centre for arts and culture, in 1973 Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury donated their collection of world art to the University which is housed on campus in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
  • Norwich Medical School opened in 2001 with UEA’s first doctors graduating in 2007 having benefited enormously from access to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital based on UEA’s single-site campus.
  • INTO UEA, our Norwich-based study centre delivering a world-class educational and cultural experience for international students with fast, effective and assured progression to university degree courses opened in 2007.
  • UEA have twice been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize: Creative Writing (2011); International Development (2009).

Location and Transport

  • Set in 200 hectares of parkland with its own 'Norfolk Broad' – UEA’s academic and social amenities are conveniently available within this single-site campus. All academic departments and facilities based across the Norwich Research Park, lecture theatres, library and learning resources, and the sporting and social amenities are only a few minutes’ walk from each other.
  • The Norwich Research Park, host to the University, John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, the Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre, and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, has over 11,000 people including 2,700 scientists and an annual research spend of over £100 million, the Norwich Research Park is one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in Health, Food and Environmental Sciences.
  • Fifteen minutes from the lively centre of historic Norwich, one of the UK's top ten shopping cities and named as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of Norwich’s literary heritage, contemporary strengths and future potential in the field of literature, creative writing, reading and the literary arts.
  • Half-hourly London trains; regular Norwich–Amsterdam shuttle flights (to international connections), and university to London airports coach service. UEA’s Student Service Advisers will help you find the information you need.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements may vary according to the subject and course you want to study. Find information about entry requirements at the University of East Anglia.
  • The majority of subjects do not usually request applicants to attend for interview. However, candidates will be invited to interview for Actuarial Sciences, , Drama (audition), Scriptwriting and Performance, Drama and Creative Writing, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year, Pharmacy with a Foundation Year, Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year, Chemistry with a Foundation Year.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • UEA will not discriminate against schools or students who have chosen one pathway or another, for example, whether or not to sit an AS level subject. We hope that the student will choose the most relevant and interesting subject choices, in preparation for University.
  • We are confident that we will continue to make pertinent decisions and offers, based on all the information provided on the student’s UCAS application.
  • For our Science or Health related degrees we will require students to pass the practical element of a Science A Level.
  • UEA continues to monitor the A Level reforms and will update our policies here.

Student Mix

The 17,140 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Broad study areas include: Biological and Chemical Sciences; Environmental and Earth Sciences; Geography; Forensic Sciences; International Development Studies; Mathematics, Computing and Information Systems; Medicine; Pharmacy; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; Speech and Language Therapy; Nursing and Midwifery; Management and Business; Accountancy; History; Archaeology; Education; Counselling; Economics; Political, Social and International Studies; Law and Legal Systems; Philosophy; English Literature and Creative Writing; Media Studies; Drama; American Studies; Art History; Film and TV Studies; Modern Languages and Translation (French, Spanish, Japanese); Social Work; Psychology; Physical Education, Actuarial Sciences, Energy Engineering, Natural Sciences.

Teaching Standards

  • The University of East Anglia has been rated in the top ten English mainstream universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey since it began – a key measure of the quality of education provided from academic and teaching excellence to support and advice offered.
  • The University received the highest ranking in its most recent quality audit (the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)).
  • UEA’s Norwich Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – an exclusive club of just 1% of the world’s Business Schools.

Research Standards

  • Ranked 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output and 21st overall out of all mainstream British institutions for Research Excellent Framework (REF) 2014.
  • The results show that more than 82% of UEA research is classified as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
  • Norwich has the fourth greatest concentration of most highly cited researchers in the UK, after London, Oxford and Cambridge – thanks to the University and its Norwich Research Park partners.
  • The REF ranks Social Work, American Studies and International Development in the top four in the UK, with Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry in the top ten. Pharmacy was ranked first for research output in the UK.
  • UEA’s position and reputation in national rankings and global league tables continues to gain in strength, often outperforming Russell Group universities.
  • World Top 100 (Leiden Ranking 2014).

Academic Strengths

  • Sciences and Health linked to world-leading Norwich Research Park institutes with notable strengths in the areas of plants, microbes, food, health, the environment and computing. Partners are the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust.Established Chinese hub of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (Fudan University in Shanghai) uniting the research and teaching strength of UEA and Fudan as two world-leading institutions to explore potential answers to climate change.
  • Professional education offered by the highly regarded Schools of Social Work, Education, Law, Health Sciences, Norwich Medical School, Economics, and Norwich Business School.
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with particular strengths in History, English Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Television and Media Studies, American Studies, and Philosophy.

Student Facilities

  • The University's library is 24/7.
  • The James Platt Centre for Language Learning also provides students with the opportunity to learn to speak another language, with classes from beginner to advanced levels. Languages offered include Arabic, British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Specialist facilities also include purpose-built, state-of-the-art scientific laboratories, psychology research pods and observation suites, Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology (NEAT) Centre, telecommunications suites and resources.

Disability Services

  • UEA’s dedicated Disability Team are responsible for the provision of information and advice and for co-ordinating the support needed by students.
  • UEA is committed to creating the conditions in which all students can participate fully in the academic, social and recreational life of the University.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union is an independent organisation that represents UEA students’ interests at a university level and provides central services and support for all students.
  • The Student Union’s 1,550-capacity the Nick Rayns LCR venue on campus attracts touring bands and artists as well as regular club nights. Recent high profile performers include Bombay Bicycle Club, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32, Professor Green, Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Noah and the Whale, and The Vaccines.
  • Over 200 active societies and sports clubs plus award-winning student media including the student newspaper Concrete – get involved! 
  • The campus boasts a post office, bank, coffee shops, canteens, shops, bars, pharmacy, a book shop and launderettes. Shops owned by the Students’ Union provide a wide range of products at student-friendly prices.


  • UEA may be great at nourishing your brain, but that’s not where its expertise ends – keeping fit and healthy is known to greatly aid learning and the campus-based £30 million Sportspark boasts international standard facilities unrivalled at any other British university.
  • The Sportspark is able to provide space and time for activities at most times of the day, even at quite short notice.
  • Activities on offer include swimming, fitness centre, group exercise and dance studios, badminton, squash, climbing, gymnastics and trampolining, tennis, netball, athletics, football, rugby, cricket, lacrosse, American football, baseball, hockey (including 3G pitches), martial arts and table tennis.
  • A flexible approach to pricing means there are no contract tie-ins and the ability to simply turn up, pay and play as required, without having a formal membership.
  • Various payment options offer value for money for those making good use of the facilities each week.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University’s building and refurbishment programme has continued to enhance facilities for students, including the provision of a series of Hubs situated across the university campus for registration, timetabling, enrolment, assignment submission, and general information.
  • Investment in existing infrastructure and regeneration projects include new multi-purpose teaching blocks; the Law School’s Earlham Hall; student accommodation and common space facilities; and car parking infrastructure.
  • A new Enterprise Centre, designed to offer businesses and students an environment in which to develop their entrepreneurial skills is set to open in 2015.
  • The Norwich Research Park complex features the new Centrum building which aims to create and support new companies and graduate jobs.
  • The Bob Champion Research & Education Building and will be operated by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and is due to open in 2015.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University actively encourages students to develop skills and experience through part-time work, however students are expected to consider their study commitments and to avoid employment commitments that will adversely affect their academic work.UEA’s dedicated campus-based CareerCentral, helps students find part-time work, holiday jobs, work placements, and volunteering opportunities.
  • Part-time work on campus is also available through UEA’s Student Helper and Ambassador schemes.
  • Post-graduation support includes UEA’s Graduate Intern Programme which facilitates part-time (and full-time) work for between four and 12 weeks.

Careers Guidance

  • We are dedicated to supporting you in maximising your potential and realising your dreams. During your time at UEA, we offer a wealth of opportunities for you to gain work placements and internships; engage with mentors, alumni, and employers; attend exciting careers events; or even start your own business.
  • From day one, all students are encouraged to make the most of our campus-based Careers Service, CareerCentral , in order to fully prepare for further study or employment after graduation. CareerCentral provides opportunities, support and advice to ensure you leave with a rich university experience, prepared for the workplace or further study.
  • We can offer support whatever stage you're at - whether you already know exactly what you want to do after graduation, or if you've yet to explore your options.

Notable Alumni

  • Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Benedict Allen, Broadcaster, Author, Explorer (Travellers’ Century,Unbreakable).
  • David Almond, Author(Skellig, The Fire Eaters, Clay).
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for the UN, and former Leader of the House of Lords.
  • Wayne Barnes, Referee (International Rugby Union, International Rugby Board).
  • Tim Bentinck, Actor(The Archers, The Thick of It, Heartbeat, Silent Witness, Enigma).
  • Darren Bett, Weather Forecaster BBC.
  • John Boyne, Author (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas).
  • Gurinder Chadha, Film Director, (Bend It Like Beckham,Bride & Prejudice,Angus,Thongs and Perfect Snogging).
  • Tracy Cevalier, Author(Girl With a Pearl Earring, Remarkable Creatures).
  • Jack Davenport, Actor(Pirates of the Caribbean, The Talented Mr Ripley, This Life, Coupling, Breathless)
  • Saul Dibb, Director, writer, producer(The Line of Beauty, Bullet Boy, Easy Money, The Duchess).
  • Caroline Flint MP (Lab) for Don Valley, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
  • Bill Gallagher, Writer, Creator and Executive Producer(Lark Rise to Candleford).
  • Charlie Higson, Comedian, Author, Producer(The Fast Show, Down the Line, Young Bond).
  • Tamara Ingram, Group Executive Vice President and Executive Managing Director of Grey Group.
  • Kazuo Ishiguro OBE, Author (Remains of the Day,Never Let Me Go).
  • Razia Iqbal, Special Correspondent (BBC TV News), Presenter (News Channel).
  • Greg James, DJ (BBC Radio 1).
  • Shabs Jobanputra, Managing Director of Relentless Records.
  • Karen Jones CBE Non Executive Director of Virgin Active Group Ltd, Booker plc, ASOS plc and Food and Fuel Ltd.
  • Annabel Kanabus, Director AVERT International AIDS charity.
  • Gareth Malone, Choral Animateur, Author and Broadcaster with London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne and the BBC (The Choir).
  • Dr Iain Matthews, Senior Research Scientist at Disney Research Pittsburgh.
  • Ian McEwan CBE FRA FRL Author (Atonement,Enduring Love).
  • Matt Milne, Actor (War Horse,Wrath of the Titans,Downton Abbey).
  • Jenni Murphy, Sportswoman and member of first all-woman team in Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, 1990
  • Mike Norris, Chief Executive Officer of Computacenter plc.
  • Prof Sir Paul Nurse KBE FRS Scientist, President of the Royal Society and 2001 Nobel Prize Winner.
  • Dr David Reeves, Chief Executive Officer and former President Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
  • John Rhys Davies, Actor(Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, The Untouchables).
  • Julian Siegel, Saxophonist(Julian Siegel Trio).
  • Arthur Smith, Writer, Broadcaster and Comedian (BBC, ITV).
  • Christopher Smith, Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Matt Smith, Actor (Dr Who,Christopher and His Kind,The Shadow in the North).
  • Prof Andrew Stanford-Clark, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Member of IBM Academy of Technology and IBM Master Inventor.
  • Lord (Thomas) Strathclyde, Leader of the House of Lords.
  • Ben Thompson, Science Writer and Blogger for the Wellcome Trust.
  • Matt Tong, Musician(Bloc Party).
  • Penny Tranter, Meteorologist Met Office.
  • Rose Tremain CBE, Author (Restoration,Music and Silence, andThe Road Home), and UEA's Chancellor (appointed June 2013), also one of the University's early students (1964–67).
  • Martin Tyler, Sports Commentator (Sky, ITV, Channel 4) and First Team Coach at Isthmian League Premier Division Club Kingstonian.
  • Geraint Vincent, Journalist, Reporter ITV.
  • Erica Wagner, Literary EditorThe Times, Author (Seizure,Gravity,Ariel’s Gift).
  • Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive Film London.
  • Ben Wyatt, Technical Director at Rocksteady, and part of the BAFTA award-winning team forBatman: Arkham Asylum.
  • Emma Healey – Costa First Novel Award (Elizabeth is Missing)


For further information

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  • University of East Anglia
    Norwich Research Park
    NR4 7TJ
UCAS Code E14

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