Each year Queen Margaret University invites applications from individuals with a strong academic record for funded QMU PhD studentships. Applications for the QMU bursary competition will open in February 2019 for entry in September 2019.  Externally funded opportunities may be available outwith these timescales and will be advertised accordingly.

What are the topics?

QMU Bursary Funded PhD Studentships

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 advertised and open for applications in February 2019.

Externally Funded Studentships

  • Firefly Research Group

There are currently two externally funded PhD studentships available within QMU's Firefly Research Group for January 2019 entry. Please check the advert below for specific details. 

Firefly Research Group - Occupational Therapy research

The deadline for applications for these studentships is 31 October 2018. 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.

Want to suggest your own research topic?

If you wish to apply to undertake a PhD in a topic outwith the specific funded topic areas, or undertake PhD research on a non-resident basis, you are welcome to apply for the self-funded PhD programme. By "self-funded" we mean that you would need to find another source of funds to pay your tuition fees and living costs, for example, via a career development loan or employer supported funding.

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 certificate 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. International applicants must be able to meet the UKVI requirements to be granted a Tier 4 student visa.

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.

Contact

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

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