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For 2015 entry there are a number of research studentships available at Queen Mary to support talented and ambitious new researchers. These include:

Please note that the different funding opportunities outlined above and detailed below have different application deadlines. For more information, see our application and interview timeline.

Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships

Queen Mary offers research studentships each year which are tenable for up to three years. The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance at the basic British research council level (£15,590).

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.

For further details of subject areas where you can apply for Principal Studentships please see the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering information below.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering up to 30 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; http://www.busman.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phdprogramme/whatisaPhD/index.html

If you have any general enquires please contact Monira Begum, PhD Administrator; m.begum@qmul.ac.uk for further information.

Drama

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: www.drama.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phddegrees

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

Dr Martin Welton
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8547
email: m.welton@qmul.ac.uk 

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: www.econ.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/phd/index.html

English

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 (CEMMN.net) 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:  http://www.sed.qmul.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/phd/index.html

For further information, please contact the School's Research & Graduate Studies Managers:
email: sed-research@qmul.ac.uk

 

Geography

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: www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/admissions/phdadmissions/funded

History

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:  http://www.history.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/research-degrees/scholarships-funding

For application queries, please contact Kat Kemp (k.kemp@qmul.ac.uk) and for specific queries, please contact Saul Dubow (s.dubow@qmul.ac.uk)

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

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

Law

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 (g.skehan@qmul.ac.uk)

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: www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/research

For further information, please contact politics-pgresearch@qmul.ac.uk

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

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 http://www.bioengineering.qmul.ac.uk/studentships/

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 sbcs-pgadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

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: www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd

For more details about our research, see www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/research.

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

For further information about Media and Arts Technology, please contact Jonathan Winfield j.winfield@qmul.ac.uk

For all other enquiries, please contact Melissa Yeo: m.yeo@qmul.ac.uk

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/nanoscience 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 http://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/research/studentships/

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 (k.wilkinson@qmul.ac.uk) or visit http://www.materials.qmul.ac.uk/

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: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/projects-and-research-themes/projects-and-research-themes

For further details and how to apply please visit: www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/prospective-students/phd-mathsstats

For further information please contact: maths-pg@qmul.ac.uk

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

For further information, please contact Karen Wilkinson (k.wilkinson@qmul.ac.uk)

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

How to apply

  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.

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.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Funding is also available from 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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How to apply

  1. First consult the list of academic projects above 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

UK Research Council Doctoral Training Studentships

The UK Research Councils also provide studentships to cover tuition fees and maintenance for Home and EU students in the form of Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) at Queen Mary. Research Council funded studentships at Queen Mary are currently available through the following DTCs, CDTs and DTPs:

Your potential supervisor or school/institute administrator will be able to advise you on how to apply for a studentship held at one of the above DTCs, CDTs or DTPs.

Queen Mary – China Scholarship Council Co-funded Scholarships

Queen Mary is pleased to announce that it will fund up to 100 joint PhD scholarships in co-operation with the China Scholarship Council for 2015 entry, making us one the biggest supporters of the CSC scheme in the UK.

Under the scheme, Queen Mary will provide scholarships to cover all tuition fees, whilst the CSC will provide living expenses and one return flight ticket to successful applicants.

For 2015 entry, places are available in the following schools:

Science and Engineering

Humanities and Social Sciences

Applicants are asked to follow our usual online application process and identify themselves as CSC scholars. Should you have any questions regarding the application process please email researchadmissions@qmul.ac.uk, or for more detailed enquiries regarding possible projects please email the designated school contacts listed above.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2015.

You can also read more about the scheme by downloading the following documents:

Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships

The Marshall Aid Commemorative Commission has recently established a partnership with Queen Mary. The Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships were set up in order to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree at Queen Mary. These scholarships are for Graduate Study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level and will be for two years (with a possibility of a third year for doctoral studies).

If you do not fit the eligibility criteria for the Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships you may still be considered for the general Marshall Scholarships scheme. Under the general scheme at least forty scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

Eligibility criteria for Queen Mary Marshall Scholarships

In order to be eligible for these awards applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizens who (by the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7.
  • Have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2007.
  • Include Queen Mary on your application form as your first or second choice.

Further information on these scholarships can be found on the Marshall Scholarship website.

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