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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

How to apply

Applications for all PhD programmes must be made online. To locate the online application form for your intended degree programme, see here.

Complete PhD applications should include the following:

  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates for all prior qualifications:

You should include those that you have already obtained. If these documents are in a language other than English, you should include a translation. Certified translations of qualifications will be required if a formal offer of acceptance is made.

  • Research proposal:

You must include a 1500-word research proposal. This should be drafted in consultation with your potential supervisor and it should be headed with a provisional title for your project. Your research proposal should include a clear statement of your research questions, the background research/literature you plan to draw upon, a summary of your proposed methods, and the anticipated ramifications of your research. A bibliography/filmography can also be included (and does not count against the 1500-word limit).

  • Personal statement:

This should be one side of A4 paper in which you describe why you would like to undertake a PhD in your discipline; why Queen Mary is the right place for you to undertake this research; what research training and professional preparation you have already received; what further training you think you will need to complete a PhD.

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency:

Applicants who do not have English as a native language will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in academic English.

  • Reference Letters: 

We require two letters of reference. At least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience. Your referees will be contacted via email to supply a reference, preferably electronically. If your referee has agreed to provide you with an open reference letter, you can upload this document in the appropriate section of the online form.

  • Writing sample (optional):

You may be asked to include a sample of your academic writing in English. If so, the word length for the sample is flexible, but with a maximum of 10,000 words.

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