School of Law - China Scholarship Council (CSC) Studentships
The School of Law invites applications from outstanding Chinese students to undertake a three-year full-time postgraduate research (PhD) degree programme based in London, commencing in September 2021.
Since 2007, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) have been offering joint scholarships to Chinese students from leading universities in the People's Republic of China for doctoral study at Queen Mary. The School of Law is pleased to announce the offer of studentships for entry in September 2021.
The breadth, depth and excellence of research activity in the School of Law at Queen Mary earned us a place in the top 10 institutions in the UK for 3* and 4* research, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The School of Law consists of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and the Department of Law.
CCLS is home to researchers in a broad range of commercial law subjects, and the Department of Law can offer supervision in most areas of non-commercial law.
To see if the area of Law you wish to research is one which we are able to offer doctoral supervision in, please see our staff list to view areas of staff expertise. You can then type in the area of law you wish to research as a search term, and this will bring up the staff members we have in this area. You can then click on the individual staff pages for more specific information about their research interests and thus what areas they can offer doctoral supervision in. Please be aware, only permanent staff members (not visiting scholars) can act as PhD supervisors.
Read more about the research of both departments on the School of Law research pages.
- Full tuition fee scholarship (in the form of fee waiver) for up to three years;
- Living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government for the term of the scholarship;
- One return air fare between China and London by the most economical route.
Please note that the tuition fee scholarship will be provided by QMUL, while the other listed benefits will be provided by the China Scholarship Council. Neither the University nor the Council will be responsible for any other expenses. The CSC scheme has confirmed that, during the period of restricted travel due to the Covid pandemic remote study may be possible for a temporary period. However, the CSC scheme have confirmed they will not pay the student stipend until the student receiving the award is in the UK.
- ordinarily be citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan) at the time of the application, as well as Chinese students already residing in the UK.
- not have received any CSC scholarship within five years of the time of application;
be interested in pursuing original research in one of the key research areas of the School of Law at QMUL;
- meet the Academic and English language entry requirements of the School of Law’s PhD Programme. The School of Law PhD Programme requires an IELTS score of 7.5 overall (and a score of 7.5 in the written element specifically as well). Applications submitted without an IELTS certificate will not be considered. Read more about the Law PhD entry requirements.
- satisfy any other selection criteria as determined by the China Scholarship Council.
Application for the Queen Mary/China Scholarship Council Joint PhD Scholarship is a two-step process.
Step 1: Apply for Admission to the School of Law at QMUL
- Apply to Queen Mary for admission as a postgraduate research student at the School of Law by completing the online application form, including all required documentation, by 27 January 2021.
- QMUL uses an online application system for its degree programmes, including for the School of Law PhD programme. For information on how to apply online, our entry requirements, and what application documentation is required, view our PhD in Law webpage.
- CSC scholarship applicants must choose full-time study and PhD Law Semester 1 Start (September 2021).
- To notify the School of Law that you wish to be considered CSC funding, use the 'funding' section within the PhD online application form. To apply for our CSC award you will need to respond to the question within this section: ‘How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary?’ by selecting the ‘I am a School of Law CSC applicant’ option from the drop down list provided. Without this notification, you will not be considered as a funding applicant, you will be treated as an applicant to our PhD programme only.
- Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone/online in February 2021
- Find out more about the CSC funding scheme.
Step 2: Apply for the China Scholarship Council Scholarship
Refer to the China Scholarship Council website for details on how to apply for the CSC scholarship. The CSC will be open for applications from applicants who hold an offer of a PhD from a participating UK institution between 10 March and 31 March 2021, and then the outcome of the funding selection process will be confirmed by the CSC in June 2021.
- As soon as the China Scholarship Council has confirmed your scholarship, you should inform Queen Mary and confirm that you are accepting the offer of admission.
- The tuition fee scholarship from Queen Mary is awarded on the condition that you are successful in securing the CSC scholarship (If you are not successful in your CSC scholarship application, you can still continue to undertake the postgraduate research degree programme at the School of Law if you are able to secure alternative means of financing your tuition fees and living expenses.).
For general enquiries about the application process contact Mr Gareth Skehan, PhD Admissions Administrator
School of Law
Queen Mary University of London,
67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3JB