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Postgraduate Research

Bursary Competition 2014

Queen Margaret University is making funds available to support six PhD students undertaking research in our key research themes.

The closing date for applying to the Allied Health studentship is 12pm Wednesday 11th June 2014. The closing date for applications for all other Research Themes has now passed.


What are the topics?

The topics relate to QMU's areas of specialism and are built around our inter-disciplinary Research Themes, details of which are available here: Research Themes

Please click on the relevant research theme below to view the 2014 topics. Each theme will be allocated one PhD studentship.

If you wish to apply to undertake a research degree in a different topic, or on a non-resident basis, you are welcome to apply for a self-funded programme. Please see How to Apply for further information.

(By "self-funded" we mean that you would have to find another source of funds to pay your fees and living costs, as opposed to relying on funding from QMU.)

What does the studentship cover?

Successful candidates will receive:

  • full waiver of tuition fees
  • an annual stipend of £11,500 for 3 years
  • £2000 over the course of the project for expenses and travel

Students would start in September 2014. Funding lasts for 3 years for full-time students, 6 years for part-time.

Research methods training is offered in the first year but after that there are no taught elements as such - students are expected to manage their own research project, with guidance from a supervisor.

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Who can apply?

PhD studentships can only be awarded for candidates willing to undertake research in specific topics as determined by the University and / or funding partners. No scholarships are available for other research projects.

To be eligible for a bursary, the following criteria must apply:

  • The applicant meets the standard entry criteria for research degrees.
  • The research proposal is in one of the topic areas specified above.
  • Applicants may apply to study on a part-time or full-time basis, but they must be willing to be resident within reach of Edinburgh.
  • Applicants must be willing to study for a full PhD, not an MPhil.
  • Applicants may come from the UK or any other country.

Successful candidates are likely to have a good qualification in the relevant topic: either a first class honours degree or a Masters. Dedication, enthusiasm and strong communication skills in both written and spoken English are essential.

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International applicants and the SORSAS scheme

International applicants are welcome to apply for QMU studentships. Successful candidates will receive the benefits listed above.

Unfortunately the SORSAS funding which had previously been open to international research students is no longer available.

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How to apply

Please see How to Apply for further information.

The closing date for applying to the Allied Health studentship is 12pm Wednesday 11th June 2014. The closing date for applications for all other Research Themes has now passed.

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For further information please contact the Research Degrees Office, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU, or email Research Degrees Office.


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