Claim your share of £10million studentship fund in 2014
Queen Mary's Doctoral College is awarding over £10million in studentships to support the most talented and ambitious new researchers. Successful applicants are awarded generous studentships to cover fees and living costs in recognition of the vital role that they will play in our lively research community.
Many of the studentships we offer are jointly held by more than one academic school, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the research activity across the university. See studentship details for the specific areas of academic research in which our awards are offered.
Queen Mary University of London is part of the 24 strong Russell Group of elite research intensive universities that together attract well over two thirds of all available research funding in the UK and account for the same proportion of the very best research (‘world-leading’) in the country.
In addition to the studentships that we are offering here, we also collaborate with a wide range of overseas government and industry funders of research. Students from China, for example, should take note of our China Scholarship Council Scheme. Our country pages provide more information about relevant funding opportunities for overseas students.
Who can apply?
- Our Queen Mary Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. They cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of £15,590 per year
- Studentships funded through the doctoral training partnerships with the UK research councils, including Medical Research Council (MRC) funded studentships, are generally available only to UK and EU students
Application and interview timeline
- 11 November 2013: Deadline for Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry MRC studentship applications
- 2 December 2013: Deadline for School of Law (including School of Law ESRC studentship applications)
- 31 January 2014: Deadline for Queen Mary Studentships and UK Research Council studentship applications
- 31 January 2014: Deadline for China Scholarship Council (CSC)/ Queen Mary Joint PhD scholarships
- 6 December 2013: Interviews will be held for Queen Mary's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry applicants
- 6 December 2013: Deadline for British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year MRes/PhD programme
- Week commencing 13 January 2014: Interviews will be held for British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year MRes/PhD programme applicants
- February 2014: Interviews for applicants to the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering
- 14 March 2014 – Regulation and/or Ethics in Commercial Law PhD Studentship application deadline
- 31 March 2014 – Law Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) application deadline
- 2 June 2014 – Herchel-Smith Intellectual Property Scholarship application deadline
Please note: Candidates may be required to attend studentship interviews in person. The School of Medicine and Dentistry will only conduct face to face interviews in London. Please check with your School before making an application.
How to apply
MRC Studentships at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
- First consult the list of academic projects below and read the detailed information provided for each one.
- Read the Studentship Profile where provided (not all studentships provide one) and check that you meet the requirements listed under Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to your proposed supervisor before 5pm on 11 November 2013
- Only those applicants pre-selected by the supervisor will be required to complete a full online application
- The closing date for online applications for those pre-selected will be 2 December 2013
- Interviews will be held on 6 December 2013. Applicants, including those based outside the UK, should expect to attend an interview in the London on this date.
- Please note that there is a separate deadline for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year PhD of 6 December 2013
All other scholarships
- First consult the list of academic subject areas of our awards below. Individual academic school and institute websites will post eligibility criteria along with information about any other details you need to include regarding your previous experience and academic ambition.
- You are strongly advised to contact the academic school to discuss your application, your chosen subject area and potential supervisor(s). You are able to apply for multiple awards, however only one award per person can be made.
- Some studentship schemes require additional documentation/application forms as part of your application. Check with the school for details. This should be completed and uploaded with your formal online application.
- Finally apply online via our A-Z of research opportunities. Select your proposed area of research, then choose the application form for Semester 1 start (September 2014). Give information on any specific studentship you want to be considered for in the relevant (funding) field in the online application form.
- Overseas applicants for studentships in the faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences may be interviewed over the telephone or via Skype.
Other sources of funding
Queen Mary also runs a generous Postgraduate Research Fund, to which you can apply throughout the year for funding to cover the costs of research trips, or attending conferences to present your work.
Our Studentships are funded both internally and through funding from the following research councils:
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Queen Mary holds a number of AHRC collaborative doctoral studentships (Collaborative Doctoral Awards, and Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships) for pre-designated projects. Those available for entry in 2014-15 will be advertised as they are announced. Please check the funding pages of Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for more information.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
Queen Mary's Studentships
Erasmus Mundus awards
Queen Mary currently holds a number of Erasmus Mundus awards in the following area:
Geography: Joint Doctoral Programme on 'Science for Management of Rivers and their Tidal Systems (SMART)' with the University of Trento, Italy and the Free University of Berlin
The application deadline for these awards will be 11 November 2013, with interviews taking place in December.
Visit the Find a PhD website for details of the Medical Research Council (MRC) PhD studentship opportunities offered by the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year MRes/PhD programme
The William Harvey Research Institute is seeking outstanding life sciences graduates for our British Heart Foundation (BHF)-funded four-year MRes/PhD programme commencing in October 2014.
For more information you can download:
Life Sciences Institute
The newly launched Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at Queen Mary is a multi-faculty institute, which will focus on cutting edge research and teaching in life sciences.
LSI is offering up to 6 fully-funded PhD studentships and invites applications from excellent candidates.
For more information about the Life Sciences Institute, visit www.qmul.ac.uk/lifesciences/
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering up to 40 fully-funded research studentships in 2014 and invites applications from excellent candidates.
Business and Management
The School of Business and Management is seeking to appoint fully funded PhD Students in any of the following areas:
- Behavioural finance working group
- Business ecosystems research group (BERG)
- Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR)
- Centre for Management and Organisational History (CMoH)
- Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED)
- Marketing and communications group (MARCOMMS)
- Organisational management and learning leadership group (OMLL)
- Public management group
In the first instance applicants should address enquiries to the PhD Programme administrator, Monira Begum (email@example.com)
Drama at Queen Mary aims to provide financial support to outstanding applicants. In addition to competing for Principal's Studentships, eligible candidates will also be considered for three fully funded Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships to support research into any of the Department of Drama's areas of expertise.
We offer supervision across a wide range of topics encompassed by our four main - but overlapping - strands of research, on cultural histories of performance, transnational performance, live art, and applied performance.
We also welcome proposals for interdisciplinary projects, especially with Geography, Film, Business and Management, English, Languages and History.
For more information about research areas supervised by our staff, how to apply (for a place and funding) and guidance on writing a proposal please visit: www.drama.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phddegrees
For informal enquiries and academic advice, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Drama:
Dr Catherine Silverstone
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8579
Dr Martin Welton (from 1 January 2014)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8547
Economics and Finance
We are pleased to be able to offer teaching assistant studentships for most areas of research within the School:
- Applied economics
- Economic theory
For more details please visit: www.econ.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd-programme
The Department is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading centres for literary research, with an international reputation for our pioneering interdisciplinary and collaborative work attracting postgraduate students from all over the world. We have specialists who can offer supervision in the following periods of study: Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, Eighteenth Century and Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Modern and Contemporary and Postcolonial.
The Department also launched the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News & Networks (CEMMN.net) in 2013, which acts as a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of mapping, networks and material texts.
For more details please visit: http://www.sed.qmul.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/phd/index.html
For further information, please contactDaphne Rayment, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite applications for Queen Mary Principal's Studentships for research in areas relating to any of our main research themes: Culture, Space and Power; Earth Surface Science; Economy, Development and Social Justice; and Health, Place and Society.
In addition we invite applications for up to three ESRC-funded studentships through the London Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, for either +3 (PhD only) or 1+3 (MRes and PhD), in any relevant area of the research themes above.
For more details please visit: www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/admissions/phdadmissions/funded
We are pleased to be able to offer:
- up to four fully funded Queen Mary Principal's Studentships available to support research into any of the schools main areas of expertise
- two fully funded Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships available to support research into any of the schools main areas of expertise
We can offer supervision in the areas of late medieval and early modern history; the history of Islam and the Crusades; Jewish history; the history of the emotions; the history of ideas and of political thought; the history of medicine; modern British, modern European and global history; modern US history.
For more details please visit: http://www.history.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/scholarships-and-funding
The School of Law is offering a number of additional awards:
- Regulation and/or Ethics in Commercial Law PhD Studentship – application deadline 14 March 2014
- Law Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) – application deadline 31 March 2014
- Herchel-Smith Intellectual Property Scholarship – application deadline 2 June 2014
For more details and to apply, visit http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.html
General Law Studentships
To be eligible, applicants must submit a research proposal relevant to an area of Law that the School of Law possesses academic expertise in, and thus can offer doctoral supervision. However the School of Law's overriding priority is the strength of a candidate's application and will consider offering studentships in connection with any area of legal scholarship.
The Department of Law is particularly keen to support studentship applications in the areas covered by its Research Centres:
- Criminal Justice
- Legal Theory and Legal History
- Cultural Diversity and Law
- Immigration Law
The Department of Law has expertise in: Class Actions; Comparative law; Competition law; Corporate Governance; Criminal law; Criminology; Environmental law; Equity, Trusts and Property law; European Union law; Immigration, Asylum and Rights of Ethnic Minorities; International Human Rights; Legal Theory and Legal History; Medical law; Public international law- and Public law.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) has expertise in: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution; Banking and Finance; Energy Law; European Union Law; Intellectual Property Law (including Patents and Trade Mark law); Private International Law; Insurance law; International Economic Law; Information Technology Law; Media law; Property Law and Tax Law.
For more information on how to apply for the PhD programme visit: www.law.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/apply
Please note the application deadline for all Law studentships is 2 December 2013.
For further information, please contact Gareth Skehan (email@example.com)
Languages, Linguistics and Film
The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film invites applications in the following areas:
- Comparative Literature, with a particular interest in cosmopolitanism; transnationalism; exile; translation and world literature; literary theory; literature, visual media and material culture; literature and childhood; literature and philosophy; literature and science; literature and the arts, including iconography and ekphrasis; literature and pornography; canon formation in the digital age
- Iberian and Latin American Studies (any area): we welcome applications for PhD research on the languages, literatures, and cultures (including film and other visual media) of the Spanish-speaking, Catalan-speaking world, and Portuguese-speaking world. For details, see: http://ilas.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/research. For potential supervisors, see: http://ilas.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/people
- Film Studies with a particular interest in film philosophy, film history, and iconic photography and film
- French Studies (any area), with a particular interest in literature (women's writing; autobiography; postcolonial perspectives, including Franco-Algerian relations; textual materiality; Franco-Dutch literary relations; Proust), visual culture (art; photography; text and image), and macro-sociolinguistics (language policy, language and identity)
- German studies, with a particular interest in projects that fit the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations
- Linguistics, particularly in an area that will strengthen research into sociolinguistics, syntax/semantics, and /or the relationships between them. We are particularly interested in projects that fit the general theme of Language and Mind in Society. For further details see: http://linguistics.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate
- Russian film, issues of cultural identity, and literary history, broadly conceived
Politics and International Relations
Applications are welcome in all the fields and disciplines for which we provide expert supervision. This year applications in the following subject areas are particularly encouraged: civil society / social movements, European public policy and governance, and political transition in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America; critical approaches to the theory of international relations and practice of foreign policy; political theory and the history of ideas.
For further details please see: www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/research
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Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering up to 40 fully-funded research studentships in 2014 and invites applications from excellent candidates in the areas detailed below.
Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary area that cuts across different departments within the Faculty of Science and Engineering with links to Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Building on a excellent track record in biomedical engineering at Queen Mary, studentships will be funded through the newly-established Institute of Bioengineering which has three research centres namely:
- Mechanobiology and Biomechanics
- Biomaterials and Interfaces
- Medical Devices and Sensors
For further information please contact: Professor Martin Knight or visit http://www.bioengineering.qmul.ac.uk/studentships/
Biological and Chemical Sciences (including Psychology)
Studentships are available in the following research divisions:
- Biological and Experimental Psychology
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Organismal Biology
For further information, please contact email@example.com
Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Studentships are available in the following theme areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT):
- Antennas Group: Active Metamaterials research (EPSRC studentship)
- Computer Vision, Multimedia and Vision Groups: Intelligent sensing research (EPSRC studentship)
- Risk and Information Management Group: Risk Management and Machine Intelligence
- Interaction Media and Communication Group: Computational Creativity, Social Computing
- Networks Group: Cloud Computing (EPSRC CASE award)
- Theory Group: software verification, distributed computing, high performance computing, information theory and security
- EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Media and Arts technology
- Centre for Digital Music: New Technologies for Piano Learning (EPSRC CASE studentship with Yamaha R&D Centre). For more details download the document below: Yamaha PhD CASE Studentship [DOC 24 KB]
For more details please visit: www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd
For further information, please contact Melissa Yeo, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Engineering and Materials Science
The School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary, University of London is one of the most highly-rated research centres in the United Kingdom. Engineering at Queen Mary has a distinguished tradition in both teaching and research, dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. Today, research at the College benefits from both excellent well-equipped laboratories and an extensive infrastructure of computational facilities. We have internationally renowned academics working in a diverse range of fields from aerodynamics and aerospace structures, to mechanical engineering, including thermodynamic principles, combustion and condensation heat transfer, electrospray technology and medical engineering.
Materials research has been carried out at Queen Mary longer than any other institution in the UK, and we have an international reputation for excellence in metals, polymers, composites, ceramics and adhesives. Biomaterials research, including tissue and cell engineering, orthopaedic implant design, biointerfical science and bio/nano science are performed under the auspices of the well-established Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials.
Research throughout the School is coordinated within the following research areas:
Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Systems
The School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary has a long tradition of simulation and modelling research activity spanning theoretical, numerical and experimental applications in mechanical, aeronautical, civil engineering, materials development and chatacterization, biomedicine, and the sciences. This strong tradition continues with ongoing and planned activity in the future.
For more details please visit: www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/research/modellingsimulationengineeringsystems
The development and understanding of nanostructurised materials is a major research theme at Queen Mary. These nanomaterials have a range of unique physical and chemical characteristics, and have the potential to be used in a multitude of novel applications from new functional materials and sensors and actuators, materials for energy conversion and storage, to biomaterials and mechanical properties of materials at small length scales. It is because of this diversity that the work of this group overlaps with other research groupings within Queen Mary.
For more details please visit: www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/research/functionalnanomaterials
Biomedical Engineering and Materials
The complementary disciplines of engineering and materials science can provide understanding of complex, hierarchical systems in biology. The specific strategy of the group is to produce solutions to clinically relevant problems, through the study of normal and disordered tissue structure/function. An integrated multiscale approach is taken with respect to both structural organization and reactivity of tissues studied from the nano- to the macro-scale. Examples include the modification of the stem cell niche, using both biomaterial and engineering cues, to explore their potential to differentiate into specific cell lineages for use in regenerative medicine.
For more details please visit: www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/research/biomedicalengineeringmaterials
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Materials Research Institute
Fully-funded PhD positions in Materials Research
For entry in early 2014 we are offering a number of PhD studentships in the broad areas of Materials Physics, Materials Chemistry, and Materials Sciences, to work in the Materials Research Institute.
The Materials Research Institute is a new initiative to bring together researchers in the Schools of Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry and Dentistry in order to better enable collaborative research in the materials area. PhD students supported by an MRI scholarship will be based in two schools, and will interact with the wider materials research community within the college. It is anticipated that PhD students will be able to draw on the facilities and expertise that exists widely within the institute.
Projects will be awarded for some of the following projects:
- Solid electrolytes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells
- Lead-free materials for energy storage
- Pt-free electro-catalysts for fuel cells
- Responsive Photonic Hydrogels Based on Cellulose
- Hierarchical Multifunctional Nanocomposite Structures
- Thermochromic Thin Films for Energy Demand Reduction in Buildings
- Ultrasensitive MMP-9 biosensor for home monitoring of inflammation in multiple sclerosis
- 4-D models of enamel biomineralization for regenerative dentistry
- Self-assembly for Molecular Electronics: solution processable single-molecule devices
- Ferroelectric framework materials
- Phthalocyanine-Lipid Biosensors
- Wetting of fibrous materials for the development of liquid repellent strategies
Applicants for the PhD studentships will need to have a first or upper-second (2:1) class honours degree in a physical sciences subject. The full award covers tuition fees and a tax-free annual stipend starting at £15,590 per annum.
Completed application forms along with a full CV, two references, a statement of purpose and a research proposal should be uploaded with the online application.
Applications must arrive by the closing date: 31/01/2014
Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Karen Wilkinson at email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Mathematical Sciences offers postgraduate research opportunities in the areas of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. This year the School invites applications for five fully funded PhD studentships. Two of them are in any area of interest of researchers active in the Centre for Discrete Mathematics.
Projects funded by the other three studentships should focus on the following research areas: Complex Systems and Interdisciplinary Research; Nonlinear Dynamical Systems; Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics; Combinatorics; Graph theory; Algebra; Group theory; Functional data analysis; Design and Analysis of Experiments.
All studentships will be allocated to the students with the strongest academic background and potential in the above fields of research. For further details and how to apply please visit: www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/prospective-students/phd-mathsstats
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Physics and Astronomy
The School of Physics and Astronomy has up to 25 funded PhD studentships available, spread across four research centres. We have a variety of funding sources available, some of which are also available to international students. Applications are welcome from those with a good degree in physics, mathematics, chemistry or related disciplines. Details on how to apply can be found on our website, and from the individual research centre websites.
The Particle Physics Research Centre is seeking high calibre PhD students to join our teams working on large international collaborations including the long baseline neutrino experiment T2K in Japan and the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. You will be expected to participate in data analysis and will have an opportunity to travel to the labs, and attend topical workshops and conferences.
For more details please visit: http://pprc.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd-programme
The Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics is currently recruiting exceptional science students to begin their PhD studies. Our extensive research programme spans experimental, computational and theoretical physics, with projects ranging from investigations of the fundamental physics of condensed matter to applications of materials physics to important technological challenges. Projects are currently available in topics including organic semiconductors and spintronics, phase transitions, liquids and glasses, supercritical matter, radiation damage, carbon, optoelectronic materials, structure-property relationships of inorganic, organic and hybrid materials, high-pressure physics, nucleation, multiferroic materials, nanoparticles, and properties of metals. Application areas include energy, transport, medicine and the environment.
For more details please visit: http://ccmmp.ph.qmul.ac.uk/phd/welcome
The Astronomy Unit offers research opportunities across a wide range of areas in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Current research programmes cover the areas of cosmology; planetary formation and dynamics (including exoplanets); astrophysical, space and solar plasma physics; and survey astronomy. Most research programmes are theoretical or use computer simulation, but we also welcome applications for observational projects, for example using data from VISTA or Cassini.
For more details please visit: http://astro.qmul.ac.uk/phd/astronomy-unit-phd-programme
The Centre for Research in String Theory has a number of PhD positions available. Areas of research include: scattering amplitudes, supersymmetry, string cosmology, D-branes, AdS/CFT, dualities.
For information on deadlines and how to apply please visit: http://strings.ph.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd-crst
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