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Postgraduate Research Studentships

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

Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine Cancer Research UK funded three-year PhD studentships

The Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine is seeking outstanding candidates for our Cancer Research UK funded three-year PhD studentships commencing in October 2015.

Closing date for applications: 31st October 2014

For more information, please visit the Wolfson Institute website.

Barts Cancer Institute

Cancer Research UK PhD Studentships
Now recruiting for 2015-16 entry
Deadline: 7th November 2014

For more information visit Barts Cancer Institute website

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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
  • 8 December 2014: 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
  • 5 December 2014: Interviews will be held for Queen Mary's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry applicants
  • 5 December 2014: Deadline for British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-year MRes/PhD programme
  • Week commencing 12 January 2015: Interviews will be held for British Heart Foundation (BHF) four-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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