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Postgraduate Research

Bursary Competition

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.

The research topics for the QMU Bursary Competition for September 2015 entry have now been announced. For more details on the topics available please read the documents below. One studentship has been allocated for each subject area listed below. The bursary competition closes on Friday 3 April 2015.

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 would start in September 2015 and will receive:

  • full waiver of tuition fees.
  • an annual stipend of £13,500 lasting 3 years for full-time study. Or an annual stipend of £6,750 lasting 6 years for part-time study.
  • a research budget of £2,000 to cover project expenses and travel.

Please note that topics funded by external partners may have different conditions attached.

Research skills 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

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

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How to apply

Please see How to Apply for further information.

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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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