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Not sure whether a Doctorate and University are for you?

We all go through moments when we do not feel cut out for a doctorate, or we do not feel like we belong. This is particularly the case for those of us who identify with one or more of the historically underrepresented groups in doctoral education.

The information and videos below aim to address some of the most common concerns about undertaking a doctorate, especially later in life.


In the first video below, Gabriella, our CDT Manager, outlines some the support that will be available to you once you are part of our Team. The bottom line is that we will always strive to be as flexible as we possibly can in order to make the programme work for you. 

While on the programme, you will have access to additional funding from our Research and Travel Support Grant as well as carers's funding, should you need support with carers' responsibilites while on a conference or placement. 

We have strong links with all support services at QMUL, such as the Doctoral College, the Disability & Dislexia and the Advice & Counselling Services. We offer tailored, one-to-one support to our Scholars from application to graduation.

We value talent from all backgrounds and walks of life. Our Centre Management team is strongly committed to equality and inclusion, and aims to play an active role in Queen Mary's mission to create and nurture a truly inclusive environment

If you have any queries, or would like more information about flexible options or support available, please email us on 

Our two routes

In the second video below, Eram, our CDT Director, tells us about the two routes of Scholars we support:

Enterprise Doctoral Scholars (EDSs): talented individuals who have faced barriers to education. EDSs will join us on our programme as full-time Scholars and will be awarded a tax-free maintenance stipend on top of tuition fees to address financial barriers;

Professional Doctoral Scholars (PDSs) are currently employed in STEM professions with industry partners. We establish a partnership with their employer, whereby the Scholar is able to continue working and use their day-to-day work as part of their EngD portfolio, therefore completing the programme in 4 years (instead of 7+ part-time). 

For both routes, the programme length is 4 years and leads to the QMUL award of Doctor of Engineering (EngD). 

How does this EngD programme work and how is it different?

EDSs are full-time Scholars. In addition to taught courses, they take part in training and research activities, seminars, supervisory meetings, and a programme of industrial placements.  

PDSs remain in full-time employment, and register as full-time students. They are co-supervised by QMUL academic staff and an industrial supervisor. Their day-to-day research work becomes part of their doctoral portfolio. We will help PDSs negotiate time release to attend QMUL activities (the equivalent of 1 day/week during term-time Sept-Dec and Jan-Apr). 

Sibi, one of our Professional Doctoral Scholars, tells us all about a week in the life of a full-time employed PDS in the third video below. 

See the SAMPLE timetable for semester 1 - RMRI course course [PDF 85KB] This course aims to help you reintegrate into academic study and the assessments help you prepare for Year 1 progression.

See more about our bespoke doctoral training programme