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Data-Centric Engineering

Identifying and Contacting a Prospective Supervisor

One of the documents you are required to submit as part of your application is a Research Proposal. You will also be asked if you have already made contact with an academic member of staff at QMUL to discuss your research interests. So how can you identify a potential supervisor?

The first question to ask yourself is: are you applying to our Enterprise Doctoral Scholar (EDS) or to our Professional Doctoral Scholar (PDS) route

RouteHow to identify a potential supervisor
PDS Your employer most likely has a project or set of projects they would like you to work on. Visit the links to our Schools to find a QMUL supervisor with relevant expertise. If in doubt, contact the Team at

Are you interested in one of the projects proposed by a QMUL supervisor? If so, contact the supervisor of the project you are interested in to discuss your proposal as part of your application.


Do you have your own research idea, and do you need support in developing your research proposal? Explore the links to our 5 Schools to find a supervisor who works in a research area that you are interested in, and get in touch with them to discuss your idea and interests. 

 Once you have identified a potential supervisor, it is time to get in touch! When emailing them: 

  • include a short introduction about yourself and your background
  • state that you are interested in this project as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Centric Engineering
  • explain why you are interested in this project, and what skills/experience you would bring to the project
  • if you prefer to discuss this via a call, then ask when it would be a convenient time to discuss the project

Remember: Discussing the project with the supervisor will help you develop the research proposal that you will submit as part of your application, and therefore is a key step of the application process.