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Claim your share of £10million studentship fund in 2015

Queen Mary's Doctoral College awarded over £10million in studentships to support the most talented and ambitious new researchers in 2014 and we expect to award a similar amount for 2015. 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.

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. We are also ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in the latest edition of the respected QS World University Rankings 2014.

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.

For details of how and when to apply, please see application process below.

We will announce all our new studentship opportunities on this web page as soon as they are finalised. If the information you are looking for is not yet available, please check back here or complete the online form and we will send you information about relevant studentships once announced.

Current studentship opportunities

Subject areas

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

William Harvey Research Institute British Heart Foundation four-year MRes/PhD studentship programme

We are now seeking outstanding life sciences graduates for our BHF funded 4 year MRes/PhD programme to commence in October 2015. Successful applicants will join our Translational Cardiovascular Academy and undertake an MRes course for the first year of study offering students the foundation knowledge and abilities they will need to proceed to their PhD training. Upon successful completion of their MRes studies, students will continue to study for a 3 year PhD.

Application deadline: Friday 12 December

For more information, please visit the William Harvey Research Institute British Heart Foundation website.

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering up to 40 fully-funded research studentships and invites applications from excellent candidates.

Business and Management

We invite applicants for our PhD programme at the School of Business and Management in the following subject areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management & Organization Studies, Public Management, Employment Relations, Equality and Diversity, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Management, Monetary and Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Public Economics and Leadership. We also welcome interdisciplinary projects with Law, Economics, Geography, English, History and Drama.

The School's research strategy since its inception has been to sustain and enhance a distinctive research profile and ensure a supportive and intellectually challenging business and management research culture emphasising the interconnected nature of:

  1. The economic, societal and historical contexts,
  2. Social justice issues in business and management, and
  3. Networks and governance in the private, public and third sectors.

These objectives are achieved through research centres and groups, which provide vehicles and distinct identities for engaging with partners beyond the university sector. The centres and groups are interdisciplinary and many academic staff have involvement in multiple centres or groups.

Candidates must specify which research group they wish to join on their application form. The research proposals submitted by applicants should fit at least one of the above centres/groups. 

The Award

Queen Mary Studentships are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK, EU and overseas. The Studentship consists of the full cost of (home or overseas) fees and £15,786 a year for maintenance for 3 years for full-time students. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the 3 year period of the studentship. The School provides all students with a £1000 research allowance for conference attendance and other research related expenses.

Candidate Profile

The School of Business and Management is committed to appointing only the very best candidates to its PhD programme. To apply you should have a good first degree (BA or BSc Honours or equivalent), at upper second class or equivalent with evidence of some 1st class work, and a Masters qualification (at Merit or above with evidence of some Distinction level work) in a cognate discipline related to the studentship. We do not normally accept an MBA. Relevant experience is also taken into account. Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7 at the time of application. All applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; quality of their research proposal; and compatibility with the theme of the studentship.

If you wish to be considered for the studentships, please visit our web pages for details on the application process;

If you have any general enquires please contact Monira Begum, PhD Administrator; for further information.


Drama at Queen Mary aims to provide financial support to outstanding applicants. Eligible candidates will be considered for Queen Mary Principal's 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:

For informal enquiries and academic advice, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Drama:

Dr Martin Welton
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8547

Economics and Finance

The School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is one of the UK's leading departments, having ranked sixth nationwide and third in London in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. The school is home to around 40 research active faculty working in all area of economics and finance, and to a vibrant community of PhD students. The School offers doctoral programmes in both Economics and Finance to students pursuing research careers in academia, international organizations, central banks, the Government and the private sector. The Doctoral Programme is structured around a one-year Master of Research (MRes) and a PhD.

In addition to College funding, the School of Economics and Finance also offers generous financial support to selected candidates on a competitive basis and 1+3 year ESRC studentships are also available for early applicants. For more details please visit:


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 launched the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News & Networks ( in 2013, which acts as a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of mapping, networks and material texts.

Staff in the School are also active members of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Centre for the History of Emotions and the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies, and the Centre for Poetry.

For more details please visit:

For further information, please contact the School's Research & Graduate Studies Managers:



We invite applications for Queen Mary Principal's Studentships for research in areas relating to any of our main research themes: (i) Culture, Space and Power; (ii) Economy, Development and Social Justice; (iii) Health, Place and Society; and (iv) Earth Surface Science.

In addition we invite applications for 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 (i) to (iii) above.

The School also welcomes applications in the Earth Surface Science theme through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.

For more details on research areas and topics and the application process including deadlines please visit:


Queen Mary offers a number of studentships to support exceptional PhD candidates. 
We have expertise in the following areas:

  • 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 History and modern US history
  • Global history

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates who would like to be supervised by our world renowned academics.

For more details please visit:

For application queries, please contact Kat Kemp ( and for specific queries, please contact Saul Dubow (

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: For potential supervisors, see:
  • 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:
  • Russian film, issues of cultural identity, and literary history, broadly conceived

For more information, please visit the Postgraduate and Research pages of the School website, as well as relevant departmental pages.


The School of Law is particularly keen to support studentship applications in most fields of 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 most aspects of Commercial Law, including: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution; Banking and Finance (including Regulation, Corporate Finance and Insolvency); Energy Law; Ethics in Business; European Union Law; History of Commercial Law and Regulation; Intellectual Property Law (including Patents and Trade Mark law); Private International Law; Insurance law; International Economic Law; Information Technology Law; International Sales Law; Media law; Shipping Law and Tax Law (including International Tax, US Tax and Chinese Tax Law).

In addition, the School of Law co-ordinates and conducts research through a number of research centres and welcomes applications relating to the work of these centres:

CCLS Research Centres:

Department of Law Research Centres:

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.

For more information on how to apply for the PhD programme visit the School of Law pages.

Please note the application deadline for all Law Studentships is 8th December 2014, which is earlier than the general College deadline.

The School of Law also offers a number of additional awards:

  • Law Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) – application deadlines 8th December 2014 (initial deadline) and 2nd March 2015 (second deadline)
  • Herchel-Smith Intellectual Property Scholarship – application deadline 1st June 2015

For more details and to apply, visit the School of Law funding page.

For further information, please contact Mr Gareth Skehan (

Politics and International Relations

We invite applications for Queen Mary Principal's Studentships for research in areas relating to any of our main research themes: civil society / social movements, British Politics, European public policy and governance; political transition in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America; critical approaches to the theory of international relations and practice of foreign policy; contemporary political theory and the history of ideas.

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.

The School will also offer a number of Graduate Teaching Studentships.

For further details please see:

For further information, please contact

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering up to 40 fully-funded research studentships 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 an 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:

  1. Mechanobiology and Biomechanics
  2. Biomaterials and Interfaces
  3. Medical Devices and Sensors

For further information please contact:Professor Martin Knightor visit

Biological and Chemical Sciences (including Psychology)

Studentships are available in the following research departments:

  1. Biological and Experimental Psychology
  2. Cell and Molecular Biology
  3. Chemistry and Biochemistry
  4. Organismal Biology

For further information, please contact

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Studentships are available in the following areas of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science:

  • Media and Arts Technology
  • Intelligent Sensing
  • Semantic Media
  • Other areas of electronic engineering and computer science:
    • Antennas and Electromagnetics
    • Cognitive Science
    • Computer Vision
    • Digital Music
    • Multimedia and Vision
    • Networks
    • Risk and Information Management
    • Theoretical Computer Science

For more details of PhD opportunities please visit:

For more details about our research, see

Please identify possible research themes and potential supervisors before you apply.

For further information about Media and Arts Technology, please contact Jonathan Winfield

For all other enquiries, please contact Melissa Yeo:

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:

The studentships currently on offer come with a variety of funding packages. Many of the projects are fully funded by EPSRC, direct industrial support, European programmes and Queen Mary directly. We welcome all applications from suitable qualified students from across the world (minimum equivalent of a 2:1 hons degree from a UK university). Note that some of the funding available is limited to UK students.

Details of the studentships currently available in the School of Engineering and Materials Science are listed at

Materials Research Institute

Fully-funded PhD positions in Materials Research

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.

For further information please contact Karen Wilkinson ( or visit

Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences invites applications for four fully funded plus two half-funded PhD studentships in the following research areas:

We particularly welcome applications in the first five fields of research which are prioritised. All studentships will be allocated to the students with the strongest academic background and potential in the above research disciplines.

Sample PhD projects can be found here:

For further details and how to apply please visit:

For further information please contact:

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:

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:

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:

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: ;

For further information, please contact Karen Wilkinson (

For further details of the Schools within the Faculty and their research interests please see the respective School websites.

Application process

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

  • 31 October 2014: Deadline for Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine Cancer Research UK funded studentship applications
  • 10 November 2014: Deadline for Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry MRC studentship applications
  • 5 December 2014: Interviews will be held for Queen Mary's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry applicants
  • 8 December 2014: Deadline for School of Law (including School of Law ESRC studentship applications)
  • 12 December 2014: Deadline for William Harvey Research Institute British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year MRes/PhD programme
  • 31 October 2014: Deadline for Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine Cancer Research UK funded studentship applications
  • 31 January 2015: Deadline for Queen Mary Studentships and UK Research Council studentship applications
  • 31 January 2015: Deadline for China Scholarship Council (CSC)/ Queen Mary Joint PhD scholarships
  • Week commencing 26 January 2015: Interviews will be held for William Harvey Research Institute British Heart Foundation (BHF) 4-year MRes/PHD programme applicants
  • February 2015: Interviews for applicants to the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering
  • 1 March 2015: Law Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) application deadline
  • 1 June 2015: 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

  1. First consult the list of academic projects below and read the detailed information provided for each one.
  2. Read the Studentship Profile where provided (not all studentships provide one) and check that you meet the requirements listed under Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  3. Send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to your proposed supervisor before 5pm on 10 November 2014
  4. Only those applicants pre-selected by the supervisor will be required to complete a full online application
  5. The closing date for online applications for those pre-selected will be 1 December 2014
  6. Interviews will be held on 5 December 2014. Applicants, including those based outside the UK, should expect to attend an interview in London on this date.
  7. Please note that there is a separate deadline for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year PhD of 5 December 2014

All other scholarships

  1. First consult the list of academic subject areas of our awards above. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 2015). Give information on any specific studentship you want to be considered for in the relevant (funding) field in the online application form.
  5. 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

A number of additional awards are made throughout the academic year. Check our website regularly for details, as well as and

QMUL 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)

Queen Mary along with Goldsmiths, is one of 21 national centres to receive ESRC funding to train the next generation of social scientists. Between 2010 and 2015, 50 PhD students at the two universities will be fully-funded for their fees and living costs - 10 in each year. The subjects available under the scheme include anthropology, cultural studies, business and management, economics, geography, linguistics, media and communications, politics, psychology, socio-legal studies and sociology. See:

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Queen Mary has been awarded generous EPSRC funding for studentships. We have 17 awards for full-time studentships in specific subject areas covering a broad range of research in Science and Engineering including Medical Science.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

We have been awarded a number of studentships for Particle Physics and Astronomy by the STFC.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Queen Mary offers unparalleled strengths in aquatic ecology and evolutionary biology, underpinned by considerable research grant income and capital infrastructure. This is further strengthened by interdisciplinary links with bioinformatics, molecular genetics, chemistry and geography and considerable stakeholder interest (Defra, Environment Agency) in our research activities. We are looking to recruit at least three top quality students per year into a very productive research environment, which is tackling some of the most urgent issues facing humans today. You will be at the cutting edge of environmental change, evolution and genetics with your graduate training drawing on and merging the disciplines of biology, chemistry and mathematics – tools you will require for your future career in a changing world. The innovative and challenging PhD training programme provided will be tailored to your needs and will give you an excellent foundation for your future career.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has a total of 15 MRC funded studentships to offer this year. The MRC receives annual 'grant-in-aid' funding from Parliament through the BIS. Although government-funded, the MRC is independent in its choice of which research to support making these awards very prestigious.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

We generally award around four Cancer Research UK PhD studentships each year.

Queen Mary's Studentships

Queen Mary funds 40 awards annually to help support the next generation of highest quality research students in areas of strategic and interdisciplinary importance to us. Many of these are cross-School and a few are supported by endowment and other donated funds, eg, our prestigious Drapers' Company studentships. Studentships cover tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of around £15,950 per year.

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

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