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PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) 2018-19

The Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) to PhD students at Queen Mary each year. The award covers tuition fees and a maintenance grant set at Research Council rates. In 2017-18 this amounted to £16,500 per year.

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How are Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) awarded?

GTAs are awarded annually on the basis of the academic excellence of the candidates. GTAs are allocated on the basis of the teaching needs in the Department of Law and the areas of expertise of the PhD students receiving the award.

Am I eligible?

To apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship you must:

  • Meet the PhD programme entry requirements. All applicants, including GTA applicants, must meet the Law PhD programme entry requirements, these include high academic performance in taught postgraduate degrees in a law or law-related subject. Read the PhD entry requirements.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree in Law (BA in Law or LLB), which can be from any country. However, we prefer applicants to have a UK or common law LLB qualification, as as you will be expected to be more familiar with the teaching syllabus of the course on which you will assist teaching.
  • Be (or apply to be) a full time postgraduate PhD research student.
  • Be able to start your PhD in September 2018 as that is when teaching begins and the award will start to be paid. Please note that our PhD programmes are September entry only. Applicants must fulfil the necessary academic requirements to be eligible for the programme (this includes graduating from their LLM course with the specified grade or higher). Therefore, students graduating in November 2018 can only start their studies in September 2019 and are not eligible for this award (unless they have previously graduated from an LLM degree taken earlier).
  • Be from the UK or an EU country, as one or more GTA places will be reserved for Home/EU students only. However, applications from non-EU students will also be considered, on a case-by-case basis.

Department of Law Research Areas

As the GTA is a Department of Law award, your research proposals must relate to the Department of Law's areas of teaching and research. The Department of Law can offer supervision in most areas of non-commercial law. Please see our staff list to view areas of staff expertise. Click on the DoL/CCLS button on the top of the table to list only the Department of Law staff.

The Department of Law also co-ordinates and conducts research in the legal field via a number of Research Centres:

The Department would therefore also welcome applications where the proposed research relates to the work and focus of one of these Research Centres. More information on these centres can be found on the webpage.

What do Graduate Teaching Assistants have to do?

Students on GTAs teach up to four hours per week on the undergraduate LLB degree course (with all the appropriate administration that accompanies this - such as providing office hours and marking student essays). GTAs are also involved with examining duties in the Department.


The deadline for applying for the GTA award for 2018-9 is Friday 8th December 2017. However, candidates submitting their application by the second deadline will also receive equal consideration for the award. You must have completed the main PhD application process, including the submission of all required supporting documentation, by this date.

Only applicants who have completed the online application process to the PhD programme prior to the funding submission deadline will be considered for funding. For information on how to make an application, what our entry requirements are, and what supporting documentation is required, please see our webpage.

To make an on-line application, you would need to visit this webpage and then click on one of the two blue buttons on the right hand side of the screen (under the ‘apply on-line’ heading) - this will then take you to the on-line application system itself, where you can complete the application form and upload the required supporting documentation. Please click on the top button to indicate you want to study on a full-time basis – this will take you to the On-Line application system.

How to apply

Notifying the School of Law that you wish to apply for GTA funding

When you complete your online PhD application you must tell us that you wish to apply for GTA funding by answering the questions in the 'Funding' section. In response to the question: How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary, University of London? you need to choose, from the drop-down list of options, ‘I will fund my studies by other means’.  Then, in the ‘Please give details of any scholarships or grants you are applying for or have already secured’, you should specifically state that you wish to apply for a School of Law GTA scholarship. Without this notification, you will not be considered as a funding applicant. You will be treated as an applicant to our PhD programme only.

If you want to apply for GTA funding and have already submitted your main application (without indicating that you wish to be considered for one of our funding awards) you must contact Mr Gareth Skehan, PhD Admissions Administrator, before the deadline by email on, and state the award that you want to apply for. Without this specific email notification you will not be considered for GTA funding.

Contact us

If you have any queries relating to the funding application process, please e-mail the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan by email on

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