The School aims to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for postgraduate research. We are privileged to include many academics of the highest national and international research reputation, encompassing a wide range of fields from French, German and Russian Studies, Iberian and Latin American Studies, Linguistics and Film Studies to Literary and Cultural Studies, Modern Critical Theory and Cultural Theory, History of Ideas and Modern Continental Philosophy.
We receive financial support for projects from sources including AHRC, the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust, and a number of staff members are fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, the AHRC Peer Review College, the British Academy and the Association of Art Historians respectively. Our postgraduate students enjoy the use of the facilities provided by the Arts Research Centre and the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre.
Prospective research students are welcome to approach the School at any time in the academic year. We are happy to discuss research proposals and to provide advice both on academic matters and on possible sources of funding.
- You are strongly advised to identify a potential supervisor and provide them with a draft research proposal prior to making a formal application.
- You will be able to find a list of staff in each department and their research interests by visiting our Academic Departments and following the links to people.
- You may alternatively constult the appropriate Graduate Studies Convenor for your chosen subject area if you require further assistance in finding a supervisor.
- We are open to proposals for research within individual departments and also to proposals requiring co-supervision, either within the School or involving other Schools in the Faculty.
- If your research is based in linguistics, please be aware that the School offers two PhD programmes: Research in Linguistics offered by the Department of Linguistics and Research in Applied Linguistics offered by the Language Centre. Applicants for Research in Linguistics will need to submit an Applicant Query Form to the department, ideally, BEFORE contacting any potential supervisors directly or making a formal application.
The competition for the following awards is now closed for 2018/19 entry. Studentship details for 2019/20 are expected to be published in December 2018.
The School delivers a research training programme, compulsory for students on all PGT programmes in the School and our PhD students are also strongly encouraged to attend.
QMUL Academic Development delivers research training and development opportunities to all research students in such areas as dissertation management (i.e., how to finish on time), academic publishing, research ethics, knowledge transfer, funding your research, and developing an academic career.
You may apply at any time of the year. However, if you intend to begin your PhD at the start of the academic year in September, which we recommend, you should aim to submit your application before August, (unless you are also applying for funding when you may need to apply much earlier).
English Language Proficiency:
Writing sample in English:
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The College's preferred test is the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) and the School will require a score of at least 7.0, plus 7.0 in the writing element. Further details and a table showing how the IELTS compares with scores of other tests which are accepted by the College for entry can be found on the College website for English Language Requirements.
Enrolment for the start of each academic year takes place in September. Once you are in receipt of an offer, have accepted your place online and met any conditions set, instructions for online pre-enrolment will be sent to you by the Research Admissions Office from August. You will then need to complete your enrolment in person. If it is not possible to confirm your place in time for enrolment in September, or if you intend to begin your PhD at any other time of the year, you will be sent pre-enrolment instructions in time for one of the next available enrolment slots which are set on the first working day of each month.
All new students are expected to attend the QMUL PhD Induction event which runs twice a year, once at the beginning of the Autumn semester and once during the Spring semester.
A School Induction Meeting is also be held early in semester one for all new PhD students.
The Doctoral College supports the life-cycle of Postgraduate Research Degrees at Queen Mary University Of London by working with both postgraduate research students and staff to support a thriving research community. The Doctoral College works with schools, institutes and academic services across QMUL to oversee the recruitment and admission, training and development, academic progression and examination of QMUL’s PhD students.
For more information about applying for postgraduate study in the School, please contact:
Tel: +44 20 7882 8332