When should I apply?
What qualifications will I need?
What will the interview consist of?
How long does it take before you can tell me if I will be offered a place?
Will I be able to get a grant?
Overseas applicants should discuss, at an early stage, the opportunities for scholarships in the UK with their own Government, institution, or with the British Embassy or High Commission to your country. In addition there are a number of scholarship schemes for which you may be eligible and which are listed later in this booklet.
Are there any Queen Mary funds available?
Where will I live?
How will I fit into the School and research group?
One of the important aspects of working in a group environment is that you are able to interact closely with other workers at Queen Mary. This is extremely important since at your stage of career development it is important to be able to learn from others with as wide and diverse a range of related interests as possible. Later on in life you may specialise in a very narrow area but that is not always advisable at the outset.
You are likely to form a close working relationship with your supervisor, as well as with other scientists, students and technicians in your group. As such you will be expected to work at least as hard as every other person in the group, contributing both towards your own individual research as well as the overall scientific objectives of your group. The individual groups have regular (usually weekly) seminars and lunchtime meetings to discuss scientific developments in their own areas, in addition there are more general Schoolal seminars. These are often concluded with 'further discussion' occurring in the College Bar or a restaurant where visiting speakers may be entertained. In addition some groups have additional 'Postgraduate Student Seminars', which allow you to practice how to present material to your contemporaries so that when you give your first talks at major scientific meetings you will be able to deliver your paper with a practised fluency.
What help will my supervisor give me?
What will my research topic be, and how will it be chosen?
What if I don't finish in three years?
Will I get a job afterwards?
Will I be able to travel overseas for conferences or research?