Postgraduate

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. 

Friday 4 December 2020 - Deadline for School of Law studentships

Wednesday 20 January 2021 - Deadline for studentships with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)

Wednesday 27 January 2021 - Deadline for studentships within the Faculty of Science and Engineering (S&E) and for all China Scholarship Council applicants

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

September 2020 Entry

If you joined your course in September 2020 and have been studying online, you are expected to arrive on site by 5 February 2021. If you require a visa and have not yet applied for your CAS or used a CAS that has been issued to you, the following deadlines apply:

  • Friday 8 January 2021 - CAS deadline. Any overseas applicants applying for a visa overseas must request their CAS by this date.
  • Friday 5 Feburary 2021 - Latest arrival date. Any students who enrolled and started their studies in September 2020 are expected to arrive by this date. Extensions beyond this date may be agreed on a case by case basis, subject to the discretion of the academic school. Requests for extensions or deferred entry should be sent to research-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

January 2021 Entry

  • Friday 27 November 2020 - Deadline for Postgraduate Overseas Applications. Applications from overseas applicants requiring a Student Visa to study in the UK must be submitted by this date. Please note, some programmes and studentships have earlier application deadlines.
  • Friday 4 December 2020 - Deadline for Postgraduate Home / EU Applications. Applications from Home / EU applicants wishing to join a Postgraduate course must be submitted by this date.
  • Monday 21 December 2020 - Monday 4 January 2021 - 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.
  • Monday 18 January 2021 - Enrolment. All students joining Queen Mary University (excluding those on Distance Learning programmes) will be expected to attend an Enrolment session to complete their enrolment.
  • Monday 8 February 2021 - Latest enrolment deadline. Any students joining Queen Mary University must have enrolled by this date. Extensions beyond this date may be agreed on a case by case basis, subject to the discretion of the academic school. Requests for deferred entry should be sent to research-admissions@qmul.ac.uk.
  • Friday 5 March 2021 - CAS deadline. Any overseas applicants applying for a visa overseas who require a CAS must request their CAS within sufficient time. A CAS will generally not be issued after this date and any issued will be done so on a case by case basis.

April 2021 entry

  • Tuesday 12th January 2021 - Advised deadline for Postgraduate overseas applicants who will require an ATAS certificate to apply.
  • Friday 5th March 2021 - Advised deadline for all Postgraduate Research applicants. Applications from overseas applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK should be submitted by this date. Please note, some programmes and studentships may have earlier application deadlines.
  • Tuesday 16th March 2021 - Latest date for students applying for a visa overseas to request a CAS number. Any overseas applicants applying for a visa overseas who require a CAS must request their CAS within sufficient time. A CAS will generally not be issued after this date and any issued will be done so on a case by case basis.
  • Tuesday 6th April - Monday 19 April 2021 - Enrolment. All students joining Queen Mary will be expected to complete the Enrolment process online within this period.
  • Friday 30th April 2021 - Latest enrolment date. Any students joining Queen Mary must have enrolled by the 30th April. Extensions beyond this date may be agreed on a case by case basis, subject to the discretion of the academic school. Requests for deferred entry should be sent to research-admissions@qmul.ac.uk.

September 2021 Entry

  • Monday 5 October 2020 - Applicants for postgraduate research programmes for entry in September 2021 open
  • Wednesday 11 November 2020 - PhD Online Event
  • Monday 21 December 2020 - Monday 4 January 2021 - 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.
  • March 2021 - Accommodation applications open. For further information, please visit our Accommodation pages.
  • Wednesday 30 June 2021 - Deadline for accommodation applications
  • Monday 19 July 2021 - ATAS deadline. Advised deadline for postgraduate overseas students who will require an ATAS certificate.
  • Monday 4 October 2021 - Provisional latest enrolment deadline. Any students joing Queen Mary University must have enrolled by this date/ The confirmed latest date of enrolment will be published by January 2021
  • Friday 8 October 2021 - Deferral deadline. If you would like to defer your place, please inform the Postgraduate Admissions team by this deadline.