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School of Physics and Astronomy

How to apply


We have STFC as well as Queen Mary funding for PhD positions in the group and typically take around three new PhD students each year. Studentships cover fees and living expenses, normally for a period of three years. CSC studenships to fund chinese students who satisfy eligibility criteria are also available. More details can be found on the College webpage here. We also take suitably qualified students who are self-funded. Our students have an excellent record of obtaining postdoctoral positions world-wide or moving into professional positions of choice in industry. 

Below you will find information on how to apply for a PhD in our group. Before applying, we ask you to check that you satisfy the English language requirements specified below. If you do not meet these requirements, your application will not be considered.

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. Note: There is no requirement to make contact, or specify a supervisor or a project title in the application form. If you happen to have a particular interest in the research area of  group member(s), you can indicate this on the form.

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2021. The deadline for CSC applicants is early January 2021. We normally interview selected students shortly after the deadline, and make offers before the end of March. 

Important note for applicants and referees: You will be asked to provide contact details of your referees. Please have them ready when submitting the online application. 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:   February/March 2021 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. 

English language requirements

All applicants are required to have one of the following formal language qualifications requirements: 

  • IELTS, with a minimum overall score of 6.5.
  • IB TOEFL, with a minimum of 92. 
  • Pearsons Test for English (PTE). 

More information on English requirements can be found here. General information for international students is available on the Queen Mary International Students website.