School of Physics and Astronomy

How to Apply and Funding

Applications should be submitted through our online system: Apply Now

Timeline

Apart from specific calls with different deadlines, applications open normally at the start of each academic year and continue throughout the year. A shortlist of candidates will be selected and invited for interview after which offers of studentships will be made. For 2020 entry the following dates apply:

  • 4 November 2019: Applications open
  • December 2019: QMUL PhD open day for prospective physics PhD students. Dates to be arranged in due course
  • 31st January 2020: Deadline for applications
  • February 2020: Interview days
  • End of September 2020: Enrollment
  • Approx 1st October 2020: Teaching starts

We also welcome late applications April - September in case additional studentships may become available, and for students with their own funding, however, all applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Procedure

Applicants should use the online application system here selecting the option "Semester 1 start" in the "Apply Online" box. Full details on the online application procedure, with a list of the documents required in order to apply, can be found here. You will be asked to enter your information and will have the opportunity to upload supporting material including:

  • Two reference letters
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Degree transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (overseas students only)

For "Research Group" please enter "Experimental Particle Physics". You do not need to submit a detailed research proposal, or to name a specific supervisor, however if you have a strong wish to participate in a particular project, or to work with a particular supervisor please indicate this on the application form. If the studentship you are applying for has a defined experiment and/or research project, please indicate so on the form. Selected candidates will be invited for interview and an opportunity to meet the group and view our facilities.

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2020. The deadline for CSC applicants is also 31 January 2020. We normally interview selected students shortly after the deadline, and make offers before the end of March. 

Important note for applicants and referees: Applicants should provide their chosen Referees with a Reference Request Form. Referees should send their letter to researchadmissions@qmul.ac.uk . Please make sure that your recommendation letters are sent in good time and reach us *by the deadline*, as we review the applications and shortlist candidates for interviews very shortly after the deadline. 

Dates of interviews:   Feb 2020 TBD

General information about postgraduate study at Queen Mary can be found here. For more details or questions on the application procedure please contact our Research Officer, Robert Miles. We occasionally have funding for late applications - please enquire. 

Funding Opportunities

Students are primarily funded by studentships from the https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/studentships/. In addition to these Queen Mary London might also offer a small number of college studentships to international or UK applicants. The funding profile of our available PhD places is usually not finalised until January.

  • College Studentships
    Several scholarship schemes exist with differing eligibility criteria and closing dates. Please check the School's page and contact us for further details. The value of College studentships normally matches the value (both tuition fees and maintenance costs) of STFC studentships. Studentships with international eligibility are extremely competitive and are offered to candidates with a high standard of demonstrated research (for example, authored publications). 
  • STFC Studentships STFC studentships are available to UK and EU students who satisfy the eligibility criteria. A full studentship will cover the payment of tuition fees as well as tax free maintenance costs (£17,009  in 2019). The latest tuition fees can be found here. Briefly, the eligibility criteria for a full STFC award are:
    • An upper second or first class honours degree or a masters degree.
    • UK citizen resident in the UK, or
    • EU national resident in the UK for the 3 years prior to enrolment, or
    • Any person who has settled status in the UK, and who has not been in full time education for any part of the 3 years prior to enrolment.

            Applicants are advised to check the detailed criteria from the STFC website. EU nationals who have not been resident in the UK are eligible for a tuition-fees only award from STFC;

  • CSC Studentships The PPRC group has CSC studentship positions that will fund Chinese students who satisfy eligible criteria.  More details on the scheme can be found on the following College page.  Applicants considering a CSC studentship are encouraged to contact us early, and formally apply for a position. Please check the School's page and contact us for further details.
  • Conacyt The CONACYT scholarship programme sends Mexican students to study for PhDs in science and technology at top universities around the world. There are currently 2 PPRC students funded through the programme and we welcome applications. For more details see link and contact us directly at the addresses below for more information and to discuss possible projects. We will endeavour to help potential candidates prepare competitive research proposals.
  • Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC): HEC connects gifted students and faculty with the best research universities in the world through its much sought-after international scholarship program.
  • Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Candidates from any of the Islamic Development Bank’s 57 member countries will be eligible to apply for these prestigious QMUL-IDB scholarships, which will provide full overseas tuition fees and allowances to meet living costs, health insurance, and airfares, as well as a dedicated research allowance, for up to four years. 
  • NExT Studentships These studentships are funded by the NExT Institute for specific particle physics phenomenology projects and typically involve half of the time working on phenomenology (at the University of Southampton for instance) and half time working on experimental physics (at QMUL). They are normally for 3 years and carry the same maintenance stipend as STFC positions but may be open to all nationalities. If you are making an application and wish to be considered for a NExT studentship please indicate so in the application form or let us know via email.
  • Other Funding bodies There is a number of funding bodies who fund studies abroad (For links see here). An example is from the British Council. We do not administer these studentships but if you have secured funding please let us know in your application.
  • Private Funding Applications are welcome from students wishing to fund themselves, or those who have already secured their own funding. Details of the current tuition fees are available here and estimates of living costs in London can be found here. Please provide full details of your funding on the application form.

Contact

If you have any questions or require further details please contact Dr Seth Zenz
For more general enquiries please contact Mr Robert Miles  or in writing at the following address:

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS