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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 2022.

Since 2007, Queen Mary University of London 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 three studentships for entry in September 2019.

The breadth, depth and excellence of research activity in the School of Law at QMUL 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).

Research Areas

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.

Scholarship Benefits

  • 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 Queen Mary, 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.


Applicants must:

  • ordinarily be citizens and permanent residents of the People's Republic of China at the time of application. A number of 2019 CSC scholarships are also open to applicants who are Chinese citizens but studying outside of China at the point of application.
  • 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. 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 Procedure

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 the deadline, which is to be confirmed still, but will be in late January 2022.
  • Queen Mary uses an on-line 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 PhD Law Semester 1 Start (September 2022).
  • To notify the School of Law that you wish to be considered for CSC funding, use the ‘Other Information’ section within the PhD online application form. To apply for our CSC award you will need to respond to the question within this section: ‘‘Are you applying for a specific named funding’ by selecting ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu, and then to the new question that appears – ‘Which specific named funding?’ choose ‘I am a China Scholarship Council 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.
  • If you wish to apply for other Queen Mary funding awards, you may do so. If you are unable to indicate this on the on-line application form, please e-mail with notification by the time of the relevant funding deadline.
  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone/online in February 2022.
  • For more information about the CSC funding scheme, please see our CSC co-funded scholarship webpage

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 during March 2022. The outcome of the funding selection process will be confirmed by the CSC in June 2022.


  • 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
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8214
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 8101