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PhD Studentships for September 2014 entry

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is offering one Strategic PhD Studentship relating to the broader theme of Regulation and/or Ethics in Commercial Law. We would particularly welcome, although not necessarily, PhD proposals which aim to examine Regulatory and Ethical issues in the following fields:

  • Banking and finance law
  • Insurance law
  • Legal profession, including arbitration counsel, in a globalised context
  • European law
  • Information Technology and Media law
  • IP law, possibly focusing on patents and copyright

Research questions that would be welcome include:

  • What makes good, smart and effective regulation
  • What principles should guide regulators
  • Is self-regulation effective
  • How effective are codes of ethics
  • How are ethical standards implemented in industries

The research will be conducted at the Institute of Regulation and Ethics, which was very recently established at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, with a view to prompting research cutting across different fields of commercial law.

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 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 2014 (or, in exceptional circumstances, the following January 2015 – for example, for current UK LLM students who will only graduate in November 2014). Therefore, existing PhD students who have already enrolled prior to September are not eligible to apply for the award.
  • 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, during the March period, and a final decision will be made and communicated by May 2014.
  • If you have any queries relating to the funding application process, please e-mail the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan,


The deadline for Studentship applications to the School of Law is Friday 14 March 2014. You must have completed both the main PhD application process, including the submission of all required supporting documentation, by this date.

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 stating ‘I am a QM 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. In response to the next question you should state that the deadline for applying for this award is 14 March 2014.

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, and state the award that you want to apply for. Without this specific email notification you will not be considered for 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 more details read how to apply for the PhD programme.

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