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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 2024/25 for a September or January start. 

Applications are welcome to our Schools listed 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 (at home fee level) and an annual stipend of £20,622 (raising each year in line with UKRI increases) for three years.* This includes London weighting. 

Applications are welcomed from international students. The difference between the home fee waiver and the fee for international students would need to be met by the student. 

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 2 February 2024. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 11 March 2024. 

Apply Now – Please submit your application here for a September 2024 start and here for a January 2025 start. 

Please make sure you detail within the application form the programme you wish to be considered for – see School information below. 

You must include the title of the studentship in your application i.e. The Quintin Hogg Trust Studentship. 

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 the following 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 Arts

The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) in the Westminster School of Arts (WSA) welcomes applicants in any of our areas of expertise (film and media, photography, art and society, fashion, music) and would welcome in particular applications in the following areas:  

Transdisciplinary arts/creative practice and the global south 

CREAM is particularly interested in building on current research around environmental questions, propositions and answers as they impact and relate to the global south.   

Arts/creative practice and archives 

CREAM is particularly interested in proposals that re-map and re-think past knowledge that reflexively engages with archives as trajectories and counter hegemonic historical discourses.  

For enquiries contact: 

Dr Ozlem Koksal (

Dr Julie Marsh (

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 Sylvia Shaw (

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 welcomes applications in any of its areas of expertise including: legal theory; law and technology; entertainment law and popular culture; international law; human rights; policing and criminal justice; law and development; gender and sexuality; and commercial law. For more information about research degrees in the Law School, please visit and   

For enquiries contact: Ruth Mackenzie (  

Available Programmes:  

MPhil/PhD Law 

School of Life Sciences

The School would welcome applications in the following areas of our established research expertise:

AI, imaging and health;

Exercise, resilience and nutrition;

Mechanisms of disease

Medicines development;

Biomarkers of healthy ageing, infection and disease;

Quantum biology;

Stem cells, biomaterials and nanotechnology. 

We would be particularly interested in interdisciplinary research proposals in the context of human health encompassing the above-mentioned research areas, such as “Sustainable solutions to public health challenges in cities including the use of biotechnology, physical activity and nutrition” 

For enquiries contact: Dr Polly Hayes (

Available MPhil/PhD Programme pathways:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy 

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 research is focused on four key themes: Communication, Technology and Society; Cultural Identities and Social Change; Global Media; and Policy and Political Economy. See for more information about our research and potential PhD supervisors. CAMRI particularly welcomes applicants from the Global South. 

For enquiries contact: Dr Alessandro D’Arma (

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, Politics and International Relations, Sociology or Criminology. 

The Centre for Social Justice Research (CSJR), established in 2023, sets out to understand contemporary social inequalities and challenge the power relations and institutions that sustain them in order to bring about meaningful social change. CSJR members are experts in a range of areas in critical social science, including prisons, migration, education, gender, race, and social class. We welcome creative and interdisciplinary projects and are particularly keen to see applications from students from non-traditional backgrounds. 

For enquiries contact: 

The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), established in 1989, has a longstanding reputation for research excellence. Research in Politics and International Studies at CSD was ranked fourth highest in the UK for impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. CSD academics undertake socially engaged, methodologically diverse and often interdisciplinary research that aims to address a range of critical political challenges in relation to democracy worldwide. 

For enquiries contact: 

The Westminster Centre for Psychological Sciences conducts inclusive, practice-informed research with global impact across different sectors of society. Our research falls into five themes and we welcome applications in the following areas: health, stress and wellbeing; learning and development; brain, cognition and perception; identity, self and society; forensic and investigative psychology. 

Westminster Centre for Psychological Sciences 

For enquiries contact: Dr Alison Eardley (

Available programmes: 

MPhil/ PhD Criminology

MPhil/ PhD Politics and International Relations

MPhil/ PhD Psychology

MPhil/ PhD Sociology 

* 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: London
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £20,622 per year (raising each year in line with UKRI increases)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th November 2023
Closes: 2nd February 2024
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