School of Law PhD Studentships, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Publish Date: Nov 16, 2015

Deadline: Dec 07, 2015

School of Law PhD Studentships, Queen Mary University of London

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London is offering a number of PhD Studentship Awards. To be eligible, you 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. The School of Law is comprised of two departments, the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

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 2016. Therefore, existing PhD students who have already enrolled prior to September are not eligible to apply for the award.
  • 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 2016 can only start their studies in September 2017 and are not eligible for this award (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,

The deadline for Studentship applications to the School of Law is Monday 7 December 2015. You must have completed both the main PhD application process, and submitted all your supporting documents, 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 School of Law 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, 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 more details read the Entry Requirements and How to Apply section of the PhD programme page.

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