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Key Dates and Deadlines

You can apply online for all our Postgraduate Research programmes (doctorate or PhD). This page outlines the key dates and deadlines for both Home/ European and International students applying to Queen Mary University of London. 

Most PhD programmes at Queen Mary start in September-October or January each year. Enrolment at different points in the year may be possible, for example, where funding for a specific project starts mid-year.  A small number of students start their programmes in late Spring (April/May).

If a non-standard start date is approved, please note that enrolment must be completed within two weeks of the programme start date.

Any applicant who is not a European Economic Area or Swiss national, applying for a Postgraduate Research course, may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) security certificate.

If you require an ATAS security certificate, you will need to obtain your ATAS certificate, before requesting a CAS. Queen Mary University of London will not issue a CAS until your ATAS certificate has been obtained. Applicants should note, during busy periods, it can take up to six weeks to receive your ATAS security certificate. 

  • Law studentships: Wednesday 6th December 2023
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Studentships: Wednesday 24th January 2024 (except Law)
  • Science and Engineering Studentships: Wednesday 31st January 2024
  • China Scholarship Council applicants for any subject area: Wednesday 31st January 2024
  • MRes-PhD applicants for the School of Economics and Finance: Monday 5th February 2024
  • Projects for the School of Medicine and Dentistry: various - check the advert for the project.
  • Doctoral Training Partnerships: There may be an additional application and an earlier deadline. Please check their websites carefully.

Further information on Queen Mary Research Studentships can be found on our dedicated webpages.

September 2024 Entry

  • October 2023 - Applicants for postgraduate research programmes for entry in September 2024 open
  • Wednesday 6th December- Law Studentships close for applications
  • Friday 22 December 2023 - Tuesday 2 January 2024 - University Christmas Closure. Online applications may be submitted during this period. We will endeavour to respond to applicant enquiries and process newly submitted applications as soon as possible upon reopening in January.
  • January 2024 - deadlines for other studentships (see above)
  • March 2024 - Accommodation applications open. For further information, please visit our Accommodation pages.
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