Our usual requirement for entry onto the PhD programme is a strong first degree (B.A. Hons 2.1 or above) with a Merit or Distinction at Masters level (M.A. grade can be predicted at time of application but must be confirmed before enrolment).
We accept equivalent international qualifications.
We also welcome applications from students with unconventional educational backgrounds.
The first step, if you would like to complete your doctoral studies at QMUL, is to identify an academic supervisor whose research interests align with yours. The research of our academic staff is organised into three broad cataegories, and you can read more about their individual work on their staff pages:
Once you have identified a potential supervisor, you should get in touch with them using their QMUL email address. You should briefly outline your research proposal and why you are approaching them as a prospective supervisor. Your email should be tailored to an individual academic, and you should not send general emails to multiple academics at once.
Your research proposal forms a vital part of your application. Its quality, originality and feasibility will all be judged in the entry process and if you are applying for funding.
The best proposals are developed in close consultation with prospective supervisors and prepared several months before any funding competition deadlines.
Research proposals should be no longer than 1500 words.
Good proposals open up new research questions and have a clear set of theoretical objectives. Your proposal should demonstrate a good awareness of the existing historiography around your chosen subject, and you should show an understanding of how your own research will contribute to, as well as further, the scholarly debate. You also need to demonstrate a practical sense of the project’s feasibility. Your proposed programme of work should be achievable within the space of 36 months of full-time study. You should be able to complete your project within the necessary financial constraints of a studentship award or self-funding.
Every year, the admissions committee reviews a large number of applications, so it is important that your proposal is well written and clearly presented. Try to use short sentences, paragraphs and subheadings to provide clear structure.
Your research proposal should contain the following:
All PhD applications can be made online here. There are no deadlines, unless you are applying for funding, but we advise that applicants complete their online applications at least 6 weeks before their proposed start date. As part of the online application form, you will be asked to provide:
There are various funding schemes available both to UK and international students. Details of the main sources of funding are availble here. For all but the QMUL Principal's Studentship scheme, you need to apply separately to the funder. Most funders will expect you have secured an offer of admission from QMUL before you apply for funding.
Dr Kim Wagner, Director of Graduate Studies
Dr Claire Trenery, Research Manager