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School of Economics and Finance

Visiting PhD Students

The School is glad to host visiting PhD students on an ad hoc basis. This applies to doctoral research students who are pursuing studies at another institution, but wish to be based in SEF for part of their degree in order to undertake doctoral research work.

The minimum period of registration is two months and the maximum is one year.

**Please allow up to four weeks for application to be processed, where possible you should give at least three months’ notice prior to application.**

Tuition fees will be confirmed based on the length and circumstances of your stay in the School. Fee waiver requests will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Students should have the support of an academic member of staff in SEF who is willing to act as a primary point of contact during your visit. To apply, please first email an expression of interest to:

You will be asked to submit the following documents via the QMUL Admissions Portal (please allow a few weeks for Admission to process your application):

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts and certificates
  • Two academic references
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Detailed research proposal
  • English language qualifications

You should clearly indicate your reasons for wishing to undertake research within the School of Economics and Finance. All successful applications must receive approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.


Visiting PhD Students are registered by the college as Associate Students. You will have access to the same range of facilities as standard PhD students including:

  • SEF resources and activities, including attendance at School conferences, research seminars and reading groups
  • QMUL library (Mile End)
  • Senate House Library (Russell Square)
  • Electronic resources

Desk space cannot be guaranteed, however, hot-desking may be possible.

Visiting PhD Students are not entitled to apply for funding for travel grants and conferences or studentships of any kind.

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