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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranked fifth for world-leading and internationally excellent research (REF 2014).

From the discovery of a new world, Proxima b, to the application of new cancer treatments; the shaping of international trade policies to the physics of music – our research influences public policy, improves health and social conditions, advances specialist knowledge, and informs cultural debate.

When you join Queen Mary, you become part of a thriving community of 1,700 postgraduate research students. You will have access to a brand new £39 million Graduate Centre, numerous sources of funding, and researcher development training too, all supported by our dedicated Doctoral College team.

Our home in London makes Queen Mary an ideal place to conduct your research, surrounded by some of the world’s best museums, libraries, institutes, and archives.

And we attract substantial research funding too – last year (2016/17) we received more than £5m annually from Research Councils UK to support doctoral research. We also awarded more than £2.5m for PhD studentships.

How can I study my PhD with Queen Mary?

This autumn, we have confirmed 220 research degree studentship opportunities across all our disciplines. 120 are fully funded and 100 are part funded.

There are several ways to study your PhD with us. First, we have advertised funded projects that are listed in the table below. But you can also get in touch with our Schools and Institutes with an idea for your own research project. The first, and most important stage of your PhD application is to identify a supervisor with whom you would like to work with for at least 3 years. 

Whether you’re interested in science, engineering, medicine, dentistry, humanities, or social sciences, you can begin your PhD journey with us.


  • 5th written on a UK map

    Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

  • A trophy with 50 written on it

    English, history, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2017)

  • Thumbs up for top 100

    Medicine, geography, and linguistics ranked in the top 100 (QS Subject rankings 2017)

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    Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Search current vacancies

Please use the search tool below, powered by, to search our advertised PhD projects. Please note that further funded PhD studentships are coming soon in a range of subject areas - check back from mid-December for more details.

If you cannot find a project that suits your experience and interests here, then please browse our research degree subjects to explore the subjects and staff that you could work with on your chosen subject area.

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