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10 Quintin Hogg Trust PhD Studentships at the University of the Westminster

University of Westminster

The Graduate School at the University of Westminster is very pleased to announce 10 new full PhD studentships funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust to begin in the academic year 2022/23 for a September or January start.

Although the University of Westminster has one of the most diverse student bodies in the UK, with a high percentage of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students, the backgrounds detailed below are the most underrepresented among PhD students (and academics) at the University and nationally.

Applicants will be ‘home’ students (i.e. will be eligible for home fee status as per the UKCISA guidance available online here) and should come from one of the following backgrounds:

Black (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British)

Pakistani (Pakistani or Pakistani British, or Pakistani Mixed or Pakistani Mixed British)

Bangladeshi (Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi British, or Bangladeshi Mixed or Bangladeshi Mixed British)

Applications are welcome to all of our Schools, as below. For any queries about any aspect of the application process or informal enquiries about where your research might fit within a School, please contact the relevant School PhD Coordinator (details below).

In our selection of successful applications, we will be looking in particular for the following:

  • Research proposals that fit with one or more of the key themes of our Research Communities (see );
  • Research proposals with strong inter-disciplinary potential;
  • Applications which meet the university’s commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The studentships will consist of:

A fee waiver and an annual stipend of £17,609 (21/22 rate, raising each year in line with UKRI increases) for three years.* This includes London weighting.

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 11th February 2022.  Please note: there may be a period during w/c 7th February when applications cannot be received due to a software update. Please keep trying as this is expected to be intermittent and brief. Interviews will take place online in the week beginning 7th March 2022.   

Apply Now - Please submit your application here (and then detail within the application form the programme you wish to be considered for – see School information below).

It is essential you include the title of the studentship in your application i.e. The Quintin Hogg Trust Studentship.

Please ensure that you also complete the Fees Assessment form and forward to with the title ‘QHT Studentship’ and your reference number.

For more information on our entry requirements for research degrees  see and on how to apply  see

The information and resources highlighted here will also provide useful reading to support your application.

Applications are welcome across our twelve Schools:

School of Applied Management

The School would particularly welcome proposals in: Digital Business and Transformation research that assists modern organisations in the complex endeavour of redesigning and architecting their business strategies, processes and services due to the impact of novel digital technologies.

For enquires contact: Dr Alireza Nazarian (

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Business Information Management

MPhil/PhD Project Management

MPhil/PhD Operations Management

MPhil/PhD Property and Construction

School of Architecture and Cities

The School of Architecture and Cities welcomes proposals that address any of our main areas of expertise: architecture, urban planning, urban design, transport studies and urban experiences (including tourism and events). The School is keen to host projects that explore sustainable cities and the urban environment, particularly inter-disciplinary projects that explore the links between the built environment, health and well-being. We would welcome applications that build on staff research interests in active travel, city tourism, architectural history, faith spaces, contested landscapes, inclusive heritage and diversity in architecture. Alongside conventional theses, the School offers PhDs by Design, and by Practice, and applicants wishing to pursue these routes are also encouraged to apply. 

For enquiries contact: Dr Kate Jordan ( )

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Architecture

MPhil/PhD Tourism

MPhil/PhD Transport

MPhil/PhD Urban Studies

School of Arts

CREAM is a world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical and historical research in art, creative and interdisciplinary practice.  Our research areas encompass Film and Media; Art and Society; Photography; Fashion and Music. We welcome applications in areas of art, film, media, television, creative practice, photography, technology, music, fashion, visual culture, including projects with an emphasis on fostering interdisciplinary intersections. We especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups. For further information about CREAM research, projects and platforms please visit

For enquiries contact: Dr Lucy Reynolds ( and

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Music

MPhil/PhD Creative Media

MPhil/PhD Film

MPhil/PhD Photography

MPhil/PhD Visual Arts

School of Computer Science and Engineering

The profiles of our Research Groups, including their research interests and suggested PhD research topics, can be found at All applications matching these interests will be considered. This year, the School is particularly focused on applicants whose research can result in real-life impact (e.g. through the use of virtual and mixed reality, or other technical and theoretical means) in the areas of health, wellbeing, sustainable cities, urban environment, arts, communication, culture, diversity and inclusion.

For enquiries contact: Dr Alexandra Psarrou ( )

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Computer Science

MPhil / PhD Electronic Engineering

School of Finance and Accounting

The School particularly welcomes applications in the areas of Capital Markets; Corporate Finance; FinTech and Digital Finance; Risk Management; ICOs; crypto currencies;

Strategic Accounting; Corporate Governance.

For enquiries contact: Dr Alireza Nazarian (

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Accounting

MPhil/PhD Finance

School of Humanities

The School welcomes applications in any areas of the humanities (literature, English language, linguistics, visual culture, history, creative writing, languages and area studies), as well as cross-disciplinary projects that combine insights from the humanities with those from other subject areas. We would particularly encourage projects in the areas of culture, ethnicity and migration; heritage, cultural memory and identity; decolonising the humanities.

For enquiries contact: Dr Helen Glew ( )

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD English Literature

MPhil/PhD English Language

MPhil/PhD Linguistics

MPhil/PhD Visual Culture

MPhil/PhD Modern and Applied Languages

MPhil/PhD History

Westminster Law School

Westminster Law School has an outstanding reputation as a pioneer in interdisciplinary critical Socio-Legal research that intersects with the fields of geography, gender sexuality and race, international development and global justice, popular culture, law and religion, theory and philosophy, and art/literature and law, as well as socio-legal research on the legal profession, access to justice, law and diversity, law and technology, and international law. The six research centres and clusters in the School form a vibrant hub of activities in these fields of expertise. Please visit  to learn more about research in the School of Law. For information about research interests of faculty members, potential candidates are encouraged to consult the School’s research staff pages ( All applications matching these interests will be considered. 

For enquiries contact: Dr Aurora Voiculescu (

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Law

School of Life Sciences

The School would welcome applications in the following areas of our established research expertise: nutrition, nutraceuticals and functional foods in the context of human health, obesity and metabolic disease, molecular oncology, physiology, exercise and sports, nanotechnology, sustainable biomaterials, and public health with health data analytics.

For enquires contact: Dr Emanuela Volpi ( )

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology 

MPhil/PhD Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmacy 

MPhil/PhD Nutrition 

MPhil/PhD Biotechnology  

School of Management and Marketing

The School welcomes in particular applications in the areas of: Interfunctional coordination; Customer orientation of service employees; Customer experience; services marketing; Influence of organisational and national culture.

For enquiries contact: Dr Alireza Nazarian (

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Business Studies and Strategy

MPhil/PhD Consumer Research

MPhil/PhD Marketing

School of Media and Communication

The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) in the School has a long-standing reputation for producing world-leading research. CAMRI welcomes applications which explore the political, economic, social and cultural significance of the media across the globe. CAMRI welcomes applicants from the Global South.

For enquiries contact: Dr Anthony McNicholas ( )

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Media Studies

School of Organisations, Economy and Society

The School welcomes in particular applications in the areas of: Evidence-based HRM, diversity and inclusion; entrepreneurship; climate change and work; construction labour; 

vocational education and training; labour economics; labour migration; applied econometrics; policy evaluation; corporate sustainability management.

For enquiries contact: Dr Alireza Nazarian (

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Economics

MPhil/PhD Human Resource Management

MPhil/PhD Leadership and Development

MPhil/PhD Entrepreneurship

School of Social Sciences

Within the School of Social Sciences candidates can pursue a PhD in either Psychology or the Centre for the Study of Democracy

The Centre for the Study of Democracy undertakes research across a range of critical social and political challenges. It welcomes applications in the areas of politics, international relations, sociology and criminology.  Key research themes:

Contemporary democratic theory and governance

Critical international theory

Gender and sexuality

Governance, complexity and resilience

Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers

Security, violence and justice

Social and cultural lives

For enquires contact: Dr Dan Greenwood ( )

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Criminology

MPhil/PhD Politics

MPhil/PhD Sociology

Psychology has an active research culture in psychology and neuroscience. We particularly welcome applications in the following areas: stress, health and wellbeing; learning and development; brain, cognition and perception; identity, self and society; forensic and investigative psychology.

For enquiries contact: Dr Anna Doering (

Available Programmes:

MPhil/PhD Psychology

* Minimum full time enrolment before submission is 33 months. Fee waivers are in place for the three year studentship. Following that there is a six month no fee period for writing up. Should a doctoral research student not have submitted by the end of the no fee period then a £1,500 fee is applicable.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Westminster
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £17,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th December 2021
Closes: 11th February 2022
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