Applications and Funding

The QMUL 2017 'Bubble Chamber football team'

Timeline

Apart from specific calls with different deadlines, applications open normally in October at the start of each academic year and continue throughout the year. A shortlist of candidates will be selected and invited for interview after which offers of studentships will be made. For 2018 entry the following dates apply:

  • 4th October 2017: Applications open
  • December 2017: QMUL PhD open day for prospective PhD students. Dates to be arranged in due course
  • 31st January 2018: Deadline for applications
  • February 2018: Interview days
  • End of September 2018: Enrollment
  • Approx 1st October 2018: Teaching starts

We also welcome late applications April - September in case additional studentships may become available, and for students with their own funding, however, all applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The applications process is online and can be found here.

Please use the link for Full Time research degrees. You will be asked to enter your information and will have the opportunity to upload supporting material including:

  • Two reference letters
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Degree transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (overseas students only)

Further information including guidance notes can be found here. If necessary you can save the information and continue the application at a later time.

For "Research Group" please enter "Experimental Particle Physics". You do not need to submit a detailed research proposal, or to name a specific supervisor, however if you have a strong wish to participate in a particular project, or to work with a particular supervisor please indicate this on the application form. If the studentship you are applying for has a defined experiment and/or research project, please indicate so on the form. Selected candidates will be invited for interview and an opportunity to meet the group and view our facilities.

Regarding references you will need to upload a Word document with the wording ‘references will be sent to researchadmissions@qmul.ac.uk’. Also, please make sure you give your referees this email address for them to send your references. Once the Admissions office receives them, they will upload the references to your online application.

Funding Opportunities

Students are primarily funded by studentships from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). In addition to these Queen Mary London might also offer a small number of college studentships to international or UK applicants. The funding profile of our available PhD places is usually not finalised until January.

  • College Studentships
    Several scholarship schemes exist with differing eligibility criteria and closing dates. Please check the School's page and contact us for further details. The value of College studentships normally matches the value (both tuition fees and maintenance costs) of STFC studentships. Studentships with international eligibility are extremely competitive and are offered to candidates with a high standard of demonstrated research (for example, authored publications). 
  • STFC Studentships
    STFC studentships are available to UK and EU students who satisfy the eligibility criteria. A full studentship will cover the payment of tuition fees as well as tax free maintenance costs (£16,296  in 2017). The latest tuition fees can be found here. Briefly, the eligibility criteria for a full STFC award are:
    • An upper second or first class honours degree or a masters degree.
    • UK citizen resident in the UK, or
    • EU national resident in the UK for the 3 years prior to enrolment, or
    • Any person who has settled status in the UK, and who has not been in full time education for any part of the 3 years prior to enrolment.

            Applicants are advised to check the detailed criteria from the STFC website. EU nationals who have not been resident in the UK are eligible for a tuition-fees only award from STFC;

  • CSC Studentships
    The PPRC group has CSC studentship positions that will fund Chinese students who satisfy eligible criteria.  More details on the scheme can be found on the following College page.  Applicants considering a CSC studentship are encouraged to contact us early, and formally apply for a position. Please check the School's page and contact us for further details.
  • Conacyt
  • The CONACYT scholarship programme sends Mexican students to study for PhDs in science and technology at top universities around the world. There are currently 2 PPRC students funded through the programme and we welcome applications. For more details see link and contact us directly at the addresses below for more information and to discuss possible projects. We will endeavour to help potential candidates prepare competitive research proposals.

  • Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
  • Candidates from any of the Islamic Development Bank’s 57 member countries will be eligible to apply for these prestigious QMUL-IDB scholarships, which will provide full overseas tuition fees and allowances to meet living costs, health insurance, and airfares, as well as a dedicated research allowance, for up to four years.

  • Private Funding
    Applications are welcome from students wishing to fund themselves, or those who have already secured their own funding. Details of the current tuition fees are available here and estimates of living costs in London can be found here. Please provide full details of your funding on the application form.
  • NExT Studentships These studentships are funded by the NExT Institute for specific particle physics phenomenology projects and typically involve half of the time working on phenomenology (at the University of Southampton for instance) and half time working on experimental physics (at QMUL). They are normally for 3 years and carry the same maintenance stipend as STFC positions but may be open to all nationalities. For details please contact  Prof Francesca Di Lodovico.  In any case if you are making an application and wish to be considered for a NExT studentship please indicate so in the application form or let us know via email.
  • Other Funding bodies There is a number of funding bodies who fund studies abroad (For links see here). An example is from the British Council. We do not administer these studentships but if you have secured funding please let us know in your application.

Contact

If you have any questions or require further details please contact Dr. Jeanne Wilson.
For more general enquiries please contact Mrs Maria Turner  or in writing at the following address:

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS