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Postgraduate Research Studentships

For 2016 entry there will be a number of research studentships available at Queen Mary to support talented and ambitious new researchers. These will include:

Please note that the different funding opportunities outlined above and detailed below have different application deadlines.

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 UK Research Council London level.

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 QMUL 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 will be offering up to 25 fully funded Studentships for 2016-17, in the following areas:

  • Up to 10 Economic and Social Research Council studentships for students working in the social sciences, awarded through the London Social Science Doctoral Training Centre. Details on the application process, and eligibility, can be found here:
  • Up to 6 Queen Mary Arts and Humanities Studentships, open to home and overseas applicants, granting full access to additional training and support offered through Queen Mary’s Associate Membership of the AHRC funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership.
  • Up to 9 Open Principal’s Studentships for home and overseas students working in any field of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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 and 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 £16,057 a year for maintenance for three years for full-time students. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the three-year period of the studentship. The School provides all students with a £1,000 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), with first class honours (or equivalent) and a Master’s degree at distinction level, in business/management or a discipline related to your research topic. 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 Liselot Hertel, 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.

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment of the quality of research (2014) Drama was ranked first in the country meaning our Research students study with some of the UK’s leading performance researchers.

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 areas 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.

The School of Economics and Finance offers generous financial support to outstanding candidates, both from internal and external sources. 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.

In the United Kingdom's last Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment of the quality of research (2014) while English is ranked fifth in the country meaning our Research students study with some of the UK’s leading researchers.

The Department launched the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News and 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 Centre for Religion and Literature in English, and the Centre for Poetry

For more details please visit:

For further information, please contact the School's Research and 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, and for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme: Science for Management of Rivers and their Tidal Systems (SMART) a collaborative programme between Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Trento, and the FreieUniversität Berlin.

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
  • Gender 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 Christina Von Hodenberg

Languages, Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film is pleased to announce a further research studentship available for entry in September 2016. This award offers tuition fees and a full stipend to cover living costs for three years of PhD study. Open to Home, EU, and Overseas candidates, the deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday 1st June 2016:

Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition and its Aftermath in the Context of Anglo-German Cultural Relations:
For further details and how to apply please see PhD Studentship – Personal Data Privacy Protection.

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:
  • Applied linguistics (any area)
  • 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 pleased to announce three further research studentships available for entry in September 2016. These awards offer tuition fees and a full stipend to cover living costs for three years of PhD study. Open to Home, EU, and Overseas candidates, the deadline for these scholarships is Wednesday 1st June 2016:

International Energy Law
For further details and how to apply please see PhD Studentship in International Energy Law.

Migration Law:
For further details and how to apply please see PhD Studentship in International Migration Law.

Personal Data Privacy Protection:
For further details and how to apply please see PhD Studentship – Personal Data Privacy Protection.

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.

Applicants for Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships linked to the School of Law should be aware that the deadline for applying to these is earlier than for the general deadline given for most other Schools – the deadline is Monday 7 December 2015, and so is not in January 2016.

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

  • Law Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) – application deadlines 7 December 2015 (initial deadline) and 1 March 2016 (second deadline)
  • Herchel-Smith Intellectual Property Scholarship – application deadline 1 June 2016

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

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to announce a further research studentship available for entry in September 2016. This award offers tuition fees and a full stipend to cover living costs for three years of PhD study. Open to Home, EU, and Overseas candidates, the deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday 1st June 2016:

Personal Data Privacy Protection:
For further details and how to apply please see PhD Studentship – Personal Data Privacy Protection.

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/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

Materials Research Institute

Fully-funded PhD positions in Materials Research

For entry in 2016, we are offering three PhD studentships to work within the Materials Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

The Materials Research Institute is an initiative bringing 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 interact with the wider materials research community within the college, under the direct supervision of an Academic Fellow and one other member of academic staff from within one of the four schools mentioned above. Successful candidates will be able to draw on the facilities and expertise that exists widely within the institute.

Studentships will be awarded a scholarship to work on one of the two following projects:

  • New nanostructured hybrid materials for energy applications
  • Organic semiconductors for thermoelectric applications
  • Semiconducting Materials for Organic Bioelectronic Devices

Key requirements

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 £16,057 (2015/6) per annum.

Further Details

Please visit for further details about the projects. The application route (through the School of Physics) can be found by visiting 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 as soon as possible in early 2016

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Karen Wilkinson: or Professor Bill Gillin

Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences invites applications for funded and unfunded studentships in the following areas. Individual projects are advertised in the Autumn, with an application deadline of  31 January:

All studentships will be allocated to the students with the strongest academic background and potential in the above research disciplines. We welcome applications from both UK/EU and overseas (international) applicants.

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.

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 2016). 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

Information will be posted here when studentships become available.

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 2016 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 more information, download the flyer below:

China Scholarship Council Co-funded Scholarships
China Scholarship Council Co-funded Scholarships [PDF 308 KB]

For 2016 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, or for more detailed enquiries regarding possible projects please email the designated school contacts listed above.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016.

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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