Skip to main content

Doctoral training studentships

The UK Research Councils provide studentships to cover tuition fees and living costs in the form of Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) or Partnerships (DTPs) at Queen Mary.

These programmes often involve collaboration with other universities and research institutes and offer students research training in addition to the main PhD research project.

The programmes available at Queen Mary University of London are listed below. Each centre or partnership will have its own application process and its own deadlines (typically between November – February, before studies commencing in September).

UK students are eligible for all schemes and International students are eligible for up to 30% of the awards for each scheme (from 2021 onwards). Check the eligibility requirements for each carefully. 

This British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded 4-year MRes/PhD programme enrols six students per year, onto a 4-year course, consisting of a first-year MRes followed by a three-year PhD. 

For more infomation on this programme and how to apply click here.

Students are based at Southampton or Queen Mary researching topics including cancer, neurological, inflammatory or infectious diseases, anti-microbial resistance or global health, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and whole organism, applying state-of-the-art computational and experimental methodologies to medical research, with potential links with industry (iCASE studentship).


For more information on this course and how to apply click here.

This Wellcome-funded doctoral training programme applies human-centred data research to health and care data. It will enable you to draw on concepts, disciplines and methods underpinning algorithmic designs, sensing and data capture, human-interactions, qualitative and quantitative evaluation and decision-making, in real-world settings.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

The aim of this Programme is to support the most promising clinicians who wish to undertake rigorous research training and complete a research project in the field of global health. The Programme will focus on the following six key areas:

  • HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Mental health
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Non-communicable diseases.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

The BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Partnership (LIDo) funds research which uses mathematical, computational and engineering approaches to solve biological problems. Including cell biology, neurobiology, immunology, physiology, structural biology, chemical biology, biotechnology, microbiology and evolutionary biology.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together 8 world-leading research centres. The aim is to attain new standards of excellence in environmental science research training, and deliver a transformative inter-disciplinary experience for PhD students in the heart of London.

Topics include ecology, evolution, paleo-environmental studies, environmental pollution and monitoring, biological hazards, biodiversity and earth-atmospheric-ocean sciences.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

This programme enables social science research students to join and develop a research community that springs from the interface between the social science disciplines with health and medicine, the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the arts and humanities.

Topics include business and management, economics, epidemiology, geography, health, international relations, law, linguistics, politics and psychology.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

This AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together eight leading research institutions to fund 90 cross-institutional postgraduate studentships per year for PhD research in the Arts and Humanities.

This programme covers a range of arts and humanities disciplines including English and drama, history, philosophy, law, film studies, development studies, politics and languages.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) is the world's largest PhD research programme aimed at games.

Based at York, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary and Essex Universities, IGGI students undertake a four year PhD focused on developing cutting-edge research in collaboration with industry and social partners including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Bossa Studios, Microsoft Research, or Women in Games.

IGGI students advance entertainment and applied games with research studies, software, patents, algorithms, data analytic techniques and games across a wide range of topics, from AI and machine learning in games, to player experience and game design, to games for health, education, or research.

For more information on the programme and how to apply click here.

Based at Queen Mary's Centre for Digital Music, AIM will train a new generation of researchers who combine state-of-the-art ability in artificial intelligence, machine learning and signal processing with cross-disciplinary sensibility to deliver groundbreaking original research and impact within the UK Creative Industries and cultural sector.

Each PhD student will undertake a personalised four-year programme of research supported by specialist taught modules, industrial placements, skills training, and opportunities for co-creation with cultural partners.

For more information about the programme and how to apply click here.

This 4 year EngD offers a novel, enriched and integrated experience in applied research by adopting a high-level approach to research and professional training.

Through the programme we hope to build a world-class cohort of high-tech entrepreneurs and technology leaders who have followed non-typical routes to doctoral training. 

As a Doctoral Scholar you will have the opportunity to apply research in industry settings and receive supervision from an experienced academic from Queen Mary.

Deadline: 18 October 2020. 

Start Date: January 2021. A further intake will be available for September 2021.

Further info on the dedicated webpage.

The MRC/NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership aims to improve health by improving the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials. Their MRC Doctoral Training Partnership presents an opportunity to undertake training for a PhD in trials methodology. Three-year funded studentships are available in statistics, data analytics, informatics, computer science, health economics, qualitative methods, mixed methods, clinical medicine and psychology.

For more information on this programme and how to apply click here.

Realising the potential of AI in drug discovery requires interdisciplinary researchers who have both a deep knowledge of basic biological principles and an understanding of advanced AI methodologies. Recognising that such people are scarce, Exscientia, MSD, Heptares and Queen Mary University of London have joined forces to train the next generation of AI Drug Discovery researchers. Together, with financial support from UKRI-BBSRC, we are providing a total of 21 PhD UK-based studentships.  

Applications for spaces to start in September 2023 will open late 2022/early 2023.

We offer:

  • 4 year fully funded PhD studentship with an industry placement (between 3 and 18 months)
  • Comprehensive training at the intersection between computer and biological sciences
  • Stipend of £17,609/year and additional funding to cover travel to conferences and workshops. Our industry partners will pay a stipend top-up during the period of the industry placement.

Further details on our selection criteria and how to apply can be found here:

Get in Touch

If you have a question about any of the schemes outlined above, please contact us for more information.

Back to top