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PhD Studentships for 2018-19 entry

The School of Law is looking to offer a number of Studentship Awards. To be eligible, applicants must submit a research proposal relevant to an area of Law that the School of Law possesses academic expertise in, and thus can offer doctoral supervision in. These areas include:

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.  Should you wish to see if we have academics with research expertise in your proposed area of research type in your proposed area of research in the ‘search’ box at the top of this page.  Once you have identified the relevant staff, please then click on the home-page of the staff you think are most appropriate to you to see more detailed information about them. 

Please note, only permanent academic staff, not visiting staff, can act as supervisors. 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 here.

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) can offer supervision in most areas of commercial law. Please see our staff list to view areas of staff expertise.  Should you wish to see if we have academics with research expertise in your proposed area of research type in your proposed area of research in the ‘search’ box at the top of this page. Once you have identified the relevant staff, please then click on the home-page of the staff you think are most appropriate to you to see more detailed information about them. 

Please note, only permanent academic staff, not visiting staff, can act as supervisors. CCLS also co-ordinates and conducts research in the legal field via a number of Research Centres:

CCLS 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 here.

About the award

  • The award is for full time postgraduate PhD research students only.
  • The award will cover all tuition fees whether at the Home/EU rate or the overseas rate. It is therefore open to both UK and overseas applicants. In addition, the recipient will receive an annual maintenance grant.  
  • Applicants should be aware that the School of Law PhD programme has various entrance requirements which applicants are expected to meet, including, for example, academic performance requirements relating to previously taken taught postgraduate degrees in a law or law-related subject.
  • The award is renewable over three years of study while in full time enrolment, subject to satisfactory annual progress reports.
  • At the end of the three years, research students sometimes need further time to complete their research and thesis. This is known as ‘writing up’ time. Students only move to 'writing up' when their supervisor confirms that the student has submitted a satisfactory first full draft of the entire thesis for the supervisor’s review and the Director of Graduate Studies is satisfied that the student can complete within the year. The writing-up period does not attract full tuition fees, although a reduced writing up fee may be payable. A student in writing up is responsible for his/her own living costs as well as for any writing up fee.
  • The award is for new applicants looking to enrol at the beginning of the coming academic year, in September 2018. Therefore, existing PhD students who have already enrolled prior to September are not eligible to apply for the award.
  • Please note that our PhD programme only has one entry point each year – in September.  Given that most LLM courses in the UK end with graduation in November (and that entry on to our PhD programme is dependent upon applicants obtaining a certain grade on their LLM so as to meet our academic entry requirements), so this means current LLM students who will graduate in November 2018 could only begin their studies with us in September 2019, and thus aren’t eligible to apply for this award this coming year (unless they have previously graduated from an LLM degree taken earlier).
  • Successful recipients of this award may be required to undertake teaching and / or support duties within the School of Law.
  • The studentships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. The application process for these awards is highly competitive.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview.
  • If you have any queries relating to the funding application process, please email the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan, g.skehan@qmul.ac.uk

Deadline

The deadline for Studentship applications to the School of Law is Friday 8 December 2017. You must have completed both the main PhD application process, and submitted all your supporting documents, by this date.

Interviews

Funding selection interviews (for those candidates shortlisted) will take place during the week of 5 February 2018.

Please note, applicants not based in the UK will be interviewed via Skype where they are not able to attend in person.  UK-based applicants would be expected to attend the interview in person. Therefore, as final notification of the interview date and time will only be made close to the final date, please make sure you are available during that week.

Notifying the School of Law of your application for Studentship funding

There is a section within the PhD online application form labelled ‘Funding’. To notify us that you wish to apply for our Studentship award you will need to respond to the question: ‘How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary?’ by choosing the option ‘I am a QMUL PG Research Studentship applicant’. Then in response to the next question: ‘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 Studentship.

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 Studentship 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 g.skehan@qmul.ac.uk, and state the award that you want to apply for. Without this specific email notification you will not be considered for Studentship funding.

Submitting your PhD online application

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 if you want to study on a full-time basis, and the bottom one if you want to study on a part-time basis.

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