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Why study at the SRU?

Small, dedicated programme

There is no other Masters degree programme like ours in the world.  We purposefully limit our enrolment (between 7-10 students per year), to cater to the needs of each and every student and to deliver the most engaging student experience.  This allows substantial contact time with each staff lecturer, to discuss course topics, research opportunities and careers.  Modules are designed to complement the other SRU course modules only.  The programme does not usually crossover with other University offerings, is only available to our taught MA students, there is little repetition, basic introduction or time wasting from a teaching or administrative standpoint.

Deepen your knowledge of your particular interest

Students learn and see things that they want, directly related to their interests. Through sessions and feedback, students are taught how to develop their academic skills.  Reading is essential: at the library, at home, at your work station, digitally and as hardcopy. The work culminates in a large research study/project, the MA dissertation, of your own design, which we help to advise and steer.  There is no time like the present to develop knowledge and experience by studying the topic of choice.

Student financial assistance

The SRU offers generous scholarships to promising students who are offered places in the MA programmes.  These are offered yearly, and can cover fees/tuition and help with living expenses.  We also have a superb record of securing university and extramural funding for our students.  Student bursaries are also available to interested and qualified students, as work-study assistance in different SRU initiatives (library, collections, research projects, website).  For sources available in the next academic year, please contact the Academic Secretary Lisa Farrington.

Track record of success

Having been in existence for over three decades (and with a high programme completion rate), we know what works and fosters success in our programme, and don’t tinker much with it.  Tried and true teaching delivery is emphasised: programme is seminar-based, with class trips; assessment is based on written work, participation and in-course trajectory.

Top notch scholarship

Staff lecturers are world-renowned in their international research programmes.  High level research ongoing on topics concerning West and East Africa, Polynesia and Melanesia, Amazonia and Andes.

Highly-regarded facilities

The SRU is based in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, a modern building with gallery, teaching and library facilities.  All teaching and is done in the building; the gallery’s masterpieces play a major role in teaching and discussions.  Students each have individual work spaces in the building, located directly above the library, and there is dedicated library staff to help with research, skills training and bibliography.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, home of the Sainsbury Research Unit. ©SCVA

SRU community

Each year, MA students from around the world come to form a tight-knit group -- studying and travelling together, sharing ideas and learning as a team.  The MA cohort also comprises part of a similarly close community with SRU research students, lecturers and staff – nested within the UEA campus.  Once a student begins the programme, everyone at SRU is fully committed to her/his needs and intellectual success.  A wide, international network of former students and colleagues may be called to help support placement, training and academic opportunities around the world. Follow the community on the SRU facebook site.


Nestled in Norfolk, studying at UEA in Norwich will be a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Norwich is affordable, yet bursting with old and new culture alike, with all the amenities of a UK/European city. There is something for everybody (campus activities, historic buildings, nightlife, pubs, countryside and nature).

Excellence in placement after degree

After completion of programme, SRU is class-leading in placing their MA students and helping them start careers.  Many find jobs in museum and university administration work.  Some students carry on into PhD programmes, continuing with SRU or other higher education institutions with academic pursuits.  Students also use their new knowledge and training in related career fields, e.g., publishing, graphic design, art sales.