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QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.

In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.

Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for both Masters and PhD's,  and developed Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for PhD's.

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

To find out more about the scholarships available please click on the individual schemes listed below.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study

Each year QMUL welcomes a number of Master’s and PhD students on Commonwealth Scholarships – candidates study a diverse range of courses from Business and Finance, to Global Health, Human Rights Law, and Medical Microbiology.
Level of StudyMaster’s and PhD
Subject AreaAny – although courses must have a developmental relevance  
CountriesDeveloping Commonwealth Countries
Application Deadlines15 November 2016
Further Information
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

In 2017-18 QMUL will host an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Shared Scholars. We will be offering six awards available across a range of courses in all three of our academic faculties.

These awards acknowledge the high quality of these courses and offer candidates the opportunity to develop expert skills and up-to-the-minute knowledge to help tackle global problems.

Level of StudyMaster’s
Subject Area

Awards are tenable for the following QMUL courses:

  • MA Development and Global Health
  • MA Global Development Futures
  • MSc Health Systems and Global Policy
  • MSc Global Public Health and Policy
  • MSc Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments
  • MSc International Business and Politics
  • MPA Public Administration
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
CountriesDeveloping Commonwealth Countries
Application Deadlines1 March 2017
Further Information
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship

In 2016-17, QMUL hosted ten Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for courses in our School of Medicine and Dentistry, recognising the excellent student experience and learning outcomes that these courses provide.

QMUL are hosting a further ten Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for September 2017 entry, across five courses in our School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Level of StudyMaster’s
Subject Area

In 2017-18 awards were tenable for the following QMUL courses:

  • MSc Burn Care
  • MSc Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • MSc Gastroenterology
  • MSc Orthopaedic Trauma Science
  • MSc Trauma Sciences
CountriesDeveloping Commonwealth Countries
Application Deadlines12th May 2017
Further Information
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Commonwealth Split-site (PhD) Scholarships

QMUL has research links across the globe and, as part of these partnerships, has the capacity to support split-site PhD study in a very wide range of research areas.
To explore the possibility of split-site study with QMUL, please use our School and Institute webpages to identify an academic with whom you would like to work. We strongly recommend making contact with a potential supervisor to discuss arrangements before making a formal application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
Level of StudyPhD
Subject AreaAny – although your research must have a developmental and leadership focus and form part of a departmental or institutional link between QMUL and your home university.
CountriesDeveloping Commonwealth Countries
Application Deadlines31 October 2016
Further Information
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD or Split-site PhD Study (developed country citizens)

These awards offer funding for up to three years of doctoral study at one of QMUL’s academic Schools or Institutes.
QMUL PhD students benefit from a stimulating research environment, excellent facilities, a wide range of development and training opportunities, and a supportive community of fellow researchers at our Doctoral College.
Level of StudyPhD
Subject AreaAny – although your research should have a focus on innovation and leadership for the benefit of wider society
CountriesDeveloped Commonwealth Countries
Application DeadlinesTuesday 21 March 2017
Further Information
+44 (0)20 7882 6484

Meet our scholars

Find out more about studying at QMUL and living in London from previous Commonwealth Scholars:  

Isabel Senti Rijeng
Master in Public Administration (MPA), QMUL

I was serving the Government of Malaysia for about 10 years before finally deciding to pursue my graduate study. I applied for the Master of Public Administration at Queen Mary University of London because of its relevance to my scope of work as well as its emphasis on practical and multi-approach learning; the modules are specifically designed with ‘real-world’ concept in mind, combined with international case studies and examples to enable students to relate theory to practice.  Therefore, it was a dream come true when I was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to study at QMUL.

I thoroughly enjoyed my education so far although becoming a student after a long hiatus is not easy. Fortunately, I am in good hands as QMUL provides a supportive environment for international students. The lecturers at the School of Business and Management are very passionate in their teaching and genuinely interested about the progress of their students. Additionally, the Student Union offers numerous social gatherings and club activities for students to be involved in.
London is such a vibrant and lively city with so much to offer. While in London, I spend my past time travelling and volunteering. Whenever I feel overwhelmed from studying, I can offer my hands to those in need or simply visit museums, galleries and churches!

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the University and the UK Government for providing me with the scholarship and the opportunity to study at QMUL. MPA is a robust postgraduate course and I truly recommend it to government officials as well as for those aspiring to enter the public sector. In the near future, the knowledge, skill and experience gained from my graduate study will definitely prepare me for leadership and strategic development role in any public agency I work in.

Ahmed Khalid Aziz 
Commonwealth Scholar 
PhD Electronic Engineering QMUL 

I was a lecturer at a university in Pakistan when I decided to pursue a PhD and applied for the commonwealth scholarship. Given that my area of expertise within Electronic Engineering is antenna design, Queen Mary University of London was an obvious choice given its strengths in the field. The experience of living in London was another attractive feature.

I've been a doctoral candidate at QMUL for almost two years now and it’s been a truly rewarding experience. The research facilities available to me are on par with anywhere in Europe and the faculty is strong and research intensive. Staff are cooperative and the university really handles as much as it can so students can focus on their work. Living in London is its own prize, given the vibrant multicultural community that inhabits this city. The area around QMUL's Mile End campus in particular is quite interesting, fusing the east and the west. One can experience a spectrum of cultures, languages and cuisines on the walk between Stepney Green and Aldgate East.

CSCUK has been extremely helpful during my time here, and I've never had a reason to complain. They have made systems easy to understand so that students can keep the commission updated about their progress while not feeling like there's too many administrative distractions to concentrate on work.
I hope to continue working as an academic after the end of my doctoral work, and my experiences at QMUL and in London will teach me much to benefit from for the rest of my life.

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