Each year Queen Margaret University invites applications from individuals with a strong academic record for funded PhD studentships. Applications for September 2018 entry are now closed.  Applications for entry in Sept 2019 will open in February 2019.

What are the topics?

The five QMU funded PhD studentships available for September 2018 have now been successfully awarded. Research topics on offer for entry in September 2019 will be available in February 2019.

There are currently two externally funded PhD studentships available within the Firefly Research Group for September 2018 entry. Please check the advert below: 

If you wish to apply to undertake a PhD in a different topic, or on a non-resident basis, you are welcome to apply for a self-funded programme. (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).

Please visit the PhD course page and the How to Apply page for further information.




What does the bursary cover?

Successful candidates commencing study in September 2018 will receive:

  • a full waiver of tuition fees;
  • an annual stipend of £14,553 lasting 3 years for full-time study; and
  • 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, and these will be specified within the documentation.

Research skills training is offered in the first year but after that there are no taught elements as such – doctoral candidates are expected to manage their own research project with support from their supervisory team.

Successful candidates will also be enrolled on the Researcher Enhancement and Development (READ) programme, which has been designed to formally recognise the learning that accompanies the successful completion of the QMU PhD programme. Successful completion of the READ programme will allow candidates to receive a 60 credit Doctoral Certificate (DCert) in addition to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) award.

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 the QMU PhD Programme;
  • the research proposal is in one of the topic areas specified above;
  • applications will be expected to study on a full-time basis, and the successful candidates must be willing to be resident within reach of Edinburgh (applications for distance-learning study will not be accepted); and
  • applicants must be willing to study for a full PhD, not an MPhil.

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 (a valid IELTS is required if English is not your first language and you have not completed a Masters degree from a UK institution or international institution where the course was not delivered and assessed in English).

Applicants may come from the UK or any other country.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via QMU's Online Admission Portal. Please see the How to Apply page for information on applying.  Please follow the guidance carefully and ensure that you include or append all the necessary information to your application.


For further information please contact the Graduate School Team at graduateschool@qmu.ac.uk.

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