PhD Studentships at QMUL

Queen Mary University of London

£11m of research funding available - Join us in 2017!

Studying for a PhD at one of Queen Mary University of London’s academic schools and institutes offers you the chance to create new knowledge, to work with international colleagues on solving global problems, and to develop your own specialised skill-set, providing you with a wealth of opportunities when you graduate.

QMUL’s Doctoral College - a 1200 strong community of research students and associates - provides a uniquely stimulating environment in which to undertake your PhD. Housed in a brand new £39 million graduate centre, the Doctoral College works to support your development as a successful, independent researcher.

PhD Students at QMUL benefit from -

Innovative research

  • QMUL was rated 5th in the UK for “world-leading or internationally excellent” research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
  • £125 million annual research income
  • Academics include seven Nobel Prize winners
  • Currently home to 55 Academy Fellows
  • Member of the 24 strong Russell Group of research-intensive institutions
  • Part of 6 different Doctoral Training Centres, Doctoral Training Partnerships, and Centres for Doctoral Training

Personalised support

  • Each PhD project is supervised by at least two specially-trained academics
  • Dedicated training events for each stage of your PhD career
  • QMUL has the highest rate for timely PhD completion of any UK university (HEFCE 2013)

Researcher development

  • 6 different training providers operating within QMUL to offer over 100 different workshops, courses, and information sessions
  • Diploma in Researcher Development (QDip) awarded on completion of 210 hours of training across the course of your PhD
  • 79% of our PhD students were happy with their professional development training – the highest percentage of any Russell Group Institution, according to the most recent Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES 2015-16).

How to apply

QMUL has a large number of studentships available across the Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Medicine and Dentistry.

These include opportunities offered in partnership with the UK research councils (open to Home / EU applicants), with international organisations (open to international applicants), and our own QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships (open to home / EU and International applicants).

To find out more about specific opportunities and to apply please visit our website -

Please note the key deadlines below:

  • 7 December 2016: Law studentships
  • 31 January 2017: All other studentships unless specified elsewhere

For further information and advice please come along to our Postgraduate Research Open Evening, Wednesday 23 November, 4-6.30pm. Find out more and book your place at -

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Postgraduate Research Open Evening, Wednesday 23 November, 4-6.30pm, Mile End

Come and discover what makes QMUL the UK’s most productive institution for PhD study:* our world-leading research (ranked 9th in the UK (REF 2014)), wide variety of collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and dedicated researcher development programme, are just some of the reasons why QMUL’s Doctoral College offers a uniquely stimulating environment for your PhD.

QMUL’s Postgraduate Research Open Evening is an informal event offering you the chance to find out more about what life is like as a PhD student as part of QMUL’s lively and innovative Doctoral College. The evening will offer:

A choice of seminars and Q&A sessions on funding, applications, and other essentials for anyone considering graduate study.

The chance to meet with our current PhD students and have your questions answered.

The opportunity to hear from staff at QMUL’s academic schools and institutes, our Doctoral College, Careers and Enterprise department, and our Centre for Academic and Professional Development.

The chance to find out more about our £11m pot of PhD funding and how to apply for our annual studentships competition.

Held at our Mile End campus - in the heart of creative and culturally diverse East London – the event will also offer the opportunity to explore QMUL’s facilities.

Spaces are limited so please register now to reserve your place.

*Based on QMUL’s PhD completion rates, which are currently joint-first in the UK (HEFCE 2013).