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School of Law PhD Studentships

The School of Law is looking to offer a number of Studentship Awards.  To be eligible, applicants must submit a research proposal relevant to an area of Law that the School of Law possesses academic expertise in, and thus can offer doctoral supervision in.

The Department of Law can offer supervision in most areas of non-commercial law. Please see our staff list to view areas of staff expertise.  Should you wish to see if we have academics with research expertise in your proposed area of research type in your proposed area of research in the ‘search’ box at the top of this page. Once you have identified the relevant staff, please then click on the home-page of the staff you think are most appropriate to you to see more detailed information about them. 

Please note, only permanent academic staff, not visiting staff, can act as supervisors. The Department of Law also co-ordinates and conducts research in the legal field via a number of Research Centres:

  • Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
  • JM network on EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation (EUPLANT)
  • Criminal Justice Centre
  • Human Rights Law Centre
  • International State Crime Initiative (ISCI)
  • Inter-disciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC)
  • Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA)
  • Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD)
  • Centre for Small States (CSS)
  • Centre for Law, Democracy and Society (CLDS)

The Department would therefore also welcome applications where the proposed research relates to the work and focus of one of these Research Centres.

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) can offer supervision in most areas of commercial law. Please see our staff list to view areas of staff expertise. Should you wish to see if we have academics with research expertise in your proposed area of research type in your proposed area of research in the ‘search’ box at the top of this page. Once you have identified the relevant staff, please then click on the home-page of the staff you think are most appropriate to you to see more detailed information about them. 

Please note, only permanent academic staff, not visiting staff, can act as supervisors. CCLS also coordinates and conducts research in the legal field via a number of Research Centres:

  • School of International Arbitration (Arbitration and dispute resolution)
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Energy Law Institute
  • Insurance, Shipping and Aviation Law Institute
  • Intellectual Property Law (Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)
  • Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance (IGLEF)
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law 
  • International Commercial Law
  • Tax Law Institute
  • Institute for Regulation and Ethics
  • The Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law
  • SINO UK Institute in Commercial Law, Economics and Business

CCLS would therefore also welcome applications where the proposed research relates to the work and focus of one of these Research Centres.

About the award

  • The award is for postgraduate PhD research students only.
  • The award will cover all tuition fees whether at the Home/EU rate or the overseas rate. It is therefore open to both UK and overseas applicants. In addition, the recipient will receive an annual maintenance grant, set at UK Research Council levels.  
  • Applicants should be aware that the School of Law PhD programme has various entrance requirements which applicants are expected to meet, including, for example, academic performance requirements relating to previously taken taught postgraduate degrees in a law or law-related subject.
  • The award is renewable over three years of study while in full time enrolment, subject to satisfactory annual progress reports.
  • At the end of the three years, research students sometimes need further time to complete their research and thesis. This is known as ‘writing up’ time. Students only move to 'writing up' when their supervisor confirms that the student has submitted a satisfactory first full draft of the entire thesis for the supervisor’s review and the Director of Graduate Studies is satisfied that the student can complete within the year. The writing-up period does not attract full tuition fees, although a reduced writing up fee may be payable. A student in writing up is responsible for his/her own living costs as well as for any writing up fee.
  • The award is for new applicants looking to enrol at the beginning of the coming academic year, in September 2021. Additionally existing first year PhD students at Queen Mary who have already enrolled prior to September can apply for the award. To apply, a current student would need to submit an updated version of their Research Proposal via e-mail to g.skehan@qmul.ac.uk confirming they wished to be considered for a Studentship award by the deadline.
  • The School of Law PhD programme only has one entry point each year – in September. Given that most LLM courses in the UK end with graduation in November (and that entry on to our PhD programme is dependent upon your obtaining a certain grade on your LLM so as to meet our academic entry requirements), so this means for applicants currently taking their LLM in the UK (but not at QMUL) where the date of graduation falls after September 2021, and/or for non-EU applicants requiring a UK student visa who are currently taking an LLM in the UK, including at QMUL, then an application this year is not possible unless they have previously already taken an LLM degree
  • Successful recipients of this award may be required to undertake teaching and / or support duties within the School of Law.
  • The studentships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. The application process for these awards is highly competitive.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview.
  • If you have any queries relating to the funding application process, please email the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan, g.skehan@qmul.ac.uk

Studentship Award for UK BAME Applicants:

  • For 2021 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will be offering two fully funded doctoral studentships (tuition fees and stipend at the UKRI London rate) to UK applicants from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Awards are tenable for up to three years. Applications will also be considered from students who are currently in the first year of a full-time PhD programme, or the first two years of a part-time programme.
  • To be eligible to apply for these studentships you must be UK permanent residents from a BAME background, and eligible to pay home student fees. You will automatically also be considered for our other studentships. Our goal is to recruit outstanding and diverse candidates across the full range of studentships.
  • To notify us that you wished to be considered for this award, you should include in your statement of purpose the declaration ‘I wish to be considered for a BAME award’.

Deadline

The deadline for Studentship applications to the School of Law has now passed. You must have completed both the main PhD application process, and submitted all your supporting documents, by this date. The selection process will then take place during the next couple of months and be completed in February 2021.

Interviews

Funding selection interviews (for those candidates shortlisted) will take place during early February 2021.

Please note, these are likely to be on-line interviews. Therefore, as final notification of the interview date and time will only be made close to the final date, please make sure you are available during that period.

Notifying the School of Law of your application for Studentship funding

There is a section within the PhD online application form labeled ‘Funding’. To notify us that you wish to apply for our Studentship award you will need to respond to the question: ‘How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary?’ by choosing the option ‘I am a QMUL PG Research Studentship applicant’. Then in response to the next question: ‘Please give details of any scholarships or grants you are applying for or have already secured’, you should specifically state that you wish to apply for a School of Law Studentship.

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 want to apply for Studentship funding and have already submitted your main application (without indicating that you wish to be considered for one of our funding awards) you must contact Mr Gareth Skehan, PhD Admissions Administrator, before the deadline by email on g.skehan@qmul.ac.uk, and state the award that you want to apply for. Without this specific email notification you will not be considered for Studentship funding.

Submitting your PhD online application

Only applicants who have completed the online application process to the PhD programme prior to the funding submission deadline will be considered for funding. For information on how to make an application, what our entry requirements are, and what supporting documentation is required, see our PhD page.

To make an on-line application, you would need to visit this web-page and click on one of the two buttons on the web-page. You need to indicate from the ‘choose a degree’ box you would like to apply for a PhD, indicate you wish to study on a full-time basis, and then indicate a Semester 1 (September) start date - we do not offer start dates in January or May.

Applicants should note the School of Law, unlike other PhD programmes at QMUL, has no formal requirement for applicants to contact an academic staff member to arrange for supervision to be agreed prior to submission of their full application. All applications, in the first instance, are reviewed by our Research Admissions Director. The Director has an overview of the supervisory capabilities and availabilities of all academic staff within the School, so applications are always reviewed, if they are considered strong enough by the Director, by academics with research expertise relevant to an applicant’s proposed area of study.  

However, the College’s On-line application system requires applicants to confirm the name of a proposed supervisor (in the ‘Research Proposal’ section). As Law has no requirement here, applicants can simply name their proposed supervisor as a ‘School of Law supervisor’, without having to name a specific member of staff (although they are free to do so if they wish).

Finally, if you are wishing to apply for either an LISS DTP Scholarship or an LAHP Scholarship, you will need to contact an academic staff member prior to the funding deadline and organise an agreement to supervise with that staff member, as they will have to complete and submit an application form in support of your funding application by the relevant deadline date.