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Postgraduate Research Studentships

QMUL offers research studentships to the value of around £12 million to support PhD students each year. These include our own prestigious QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships, as well as Research Council UK (RCUK) funded studentships, funding from industry, and from research charities and cultural institutions.

The Postgraduate Research Studentships set out on this page typically provide funding for up to three years of PhD study. The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance paid at a rate of c£16,000 pa. We anticipate offering up to 80 studentships for entry in 2017. They include:

  • QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships are available to Home, EU, and International students wishing to undertake research in any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering. There is no separate application process for these awards. Applications must be received by 31 January 2017, with the exception of applications for Law which must be received by 7 December 2016.
  • RCUK Research Studentships are usually restricted to Home and EU students researching particular subject areas. In general, there is no separate application process for these awards and applications must be received by 31 January 2017, with the exception of applications for Law which must be received by 7 December 2016.
  • Research Studentships funded through industry, research charities, and cultural organisations are typically tied to a particular PhD project and have variable eligibility criteria. They have deadlines throughout the year.

For further information about the Postgraduate Research Studentships available in your subject area at this time, please see the tables below.

Information on other types of PhD funding is available by following the links in the navigation.

All QMUL's Postgraduate Research Studentships are administered directly by academic Schools and Institutes: they are committed to finding funding for exceptional candidates, so please do not hesitate to contact them for further guidance.

Faculty of 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 organisation studies
  • Information management
  • 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
  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 Principle’s Postgraduate Research 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 £16,296 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 read the details of the application process.

For general enquires please contact Monira Begum, PhD Administrator:


Drama at QMUL aims to provide financial support to outstanding applicants. Eligible candidates will be considered for Queen Mary Principal's Postgraduate Research 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 the Department of Drama web pages.

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

Dr Dominic Johnson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8567

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.

SEF offers generous financial support to outstanding candidates, both from internal and external sources. For more details please visit the School of Economics and Finance website.


The Department of English is widely recognized as one of the country's leading centres for literary research, with an international reputation for our pioneering interdisciplinary, theoretical and collaborative work that attracts postgraduate students from all over the world. We have specialists who can offer supervision in the following periods or areas of study: Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, Eighteenth Century and Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Modern and Contemporary / Postcolonial. We have a reputation for research which moves across the borders of the literary and non-literary, and which collaborates with museums, archives and non-academic institutions.

In the United Kingdom's last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), English was ranked fifth in the country, and first for "research intensity", meaning that every member of the department is producing the highest-quality work.

PhD students here work with some of the UK’s leading researchers, and within some innovative international research networks. For instance, 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 the Department of English web pages.

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


The School of Geography at QMUL is internationally recognized for its theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded and politically-engaged research and remains one of the top departments for geography and environmental science according to results of the Research Excellence Framework results (REF 2014) – a measure of the quality of higher education research in the UK.

Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Scores increased across all areas and the School is ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall.

Postgraduate researchers are an integral part of our ongoing research achievements and we regard them as a key element of the School’s research culture.

We invite applications for QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships in areas relating to any of our main research themes:

  • Culture, space and power
  • Economy, development and social justice
  • Health, biosciences and security
  • Earth surface science.

Staff in the School are also active members of the Centre for Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments, the Centre for Micromorphology, the Centre for the Studies of Home, the Centre for the Study of Migration, and the City Centre: Researching city lives and connections.

The School of Geography also welcomes applications for ESRC-funded studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (with Kings College London and Imperial College London; details to be announced) and for studentships in the Earth Surface Science theme through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.

For more information, please visit the Research and Postgraduate pages of the School of Geography website.

For general application queries please contact Shazia Sadiq:

If you have a specific question, please email:


QMUL offers a number of Principal’s Postgraduate Research 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 the School of History web pages.

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 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. Find out more, or browse potential supervisors.
  • Film Studies, particularly in an area that will strengthen research into film philosophy, film cultures, and/or film practice as research. We are particularly interested in any projects that fit the general theme of film and ethics.
  • 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. Find out more.
  • 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 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
  • Human rights
  • Legal theory and legal history
  • Medical law
  • Public international law
  • 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
  • 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 Wednesday 7 December 2016, and so is not in January 2017.

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

  • Law Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) – application deadlines 7 December 2016 (initial deadline) and Wednesday 1 March 2017 (second deadline)
  • Herchel-Smith Intellectual Property Scholarship – application deadline Thursday 1 June 2017

For more details and to apply, visit the School of Law funding page. In addition, please note that any other QMUL PhD funding awards that come up in relation to our PhD programme will be released on this web-site during the course of the year.

For further information, please contact Mr Gareth Skehan (

Politics and International Relations

We invite applications for Queen Mary Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships for research in areas relating to any of our main research themes: civil society / social movements, British Politics, US Politics, Global health politics, European public policy and governance; political transition in Africa, China and Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East; 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 ESRC-funded studentships through the new Doctoral Training Partnership incorporating Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London and Imperial College London. Social Science 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 and particularly encourage applicants whose research focusses on the following areas:

  1. Neoliberalism with a particular emphasis on one or more of the following: the inter-connections between race and neoliberalism; authoritarian politics and neoliberalism; the relationship between democracy and neoliberalism; and populist – especially right-wing – responses to neoliberalism.
  2. The contemporary crises of social democratic parties particularly in the British and European context with reference to responses to the 2008 financial (and Eurozone) crisis.
  3. Questions of race, including the empirics of contemporary racial politics, the racialization of certain areas of public policy, the political and historical sociology of race and the relationship between political theory and race.
  4. American Pragmatism and agonistic pluralism in political theory, especially the intersection of these approaches with critical gender and race theory.
  5. Critical approaches to global ethics, especially those that engage with global justice and human rights by bringing critical theoretical traditions together with democratic political campaigns and grassroots social movements.

For further details please visit the school research pages.

If you need more information, please contact

Faculty of Science and Engineering


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 QMUL, 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

Bioengineering PhD studentships are also available through the School of Engineering and Materials Science.

For further information please contact Dr Alvaro Mata ( or visit the bioengineering website.

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 email

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

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

  • Media and Arts Technology
  • Intelligent Sensing
  • 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 the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science website.

    For more details about our research, see the school's research pages.

    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 QMUL is one of the most highly-rated engineering and materials science departments in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Research within the School is coordinated within the following three divisions:

Engineering at Queen Mary has a distinguished tradition in both teaching and research, dating back to the beginning of the 1900s while Materials research has been carried out at Queen Mary longer than any other institution in the UK. Today, research in the school of engineering and materials science benefits from both excellent well-equipped laboratories and an extensive infrastructure of computational facilities. There is significant collaboration and interaction between our internationally leading academics working in multidisciplinary research areas. The research findings are incorporated into teaching, which means that our graduates learn about the very latest skills and advancements in the field, equipping them well for their future careers.

We welcome PhD Research Degree applications from suitable qualified students from across the world (minimum equivalent of a 2:1 hons degree from a UK university).

Visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website for details of the PhD Research Degree studentships currently available.

Materials Research Institute

PhD positions in Materials Research

For entry in 2016, we offered 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.

Funding is currently unavailable for new studentships, but interest from self, and externally funded applicants is welcome.

Further details

Please visit the Materials Research Institute website for details of future scholarships as and when they become available.

The application route (through the School of Physics) can be found by visiting the MySIS portal. 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.

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 research areas:

Individual projects are advertised in Autumn, with an application deadline of 31 January.

We welcome applications from both UK/EU and overseas (international) applicants.

A list of sample PhD projects is available on the school website.

For further details and how to apply please visit the School of Mathematics website.

For further information please email:

Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy has more than 20 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 the school 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 neutrino experiments T2K and Super-Kamiokande 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 Particle Physics Research Centre website.

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 Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics website.

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 observational astronomy. Most research projects are theoretical or use computer simulation, but we also welcome applications for observational projects in the areas of exoplanets, observational cosmology, space plasmas and survey astronomy.

For more details please visit the Astronomy Unit website.

The Centre for Research in String Theory has a number of PhD positions available. Areas of research include: scattering amplitudes from theory to phenomenology, supersymmetry, string cosmology, D-branes, AdS/CFT, dualities.

For information on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Centre for Research in String Theory.

For further information, please contact Karen Wilkinson (

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Information will be posted here when studentships become available.

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