This page provides information for prospective applicants for the Queen’s University/China Scholarship Council Awards.
There will be up to 10 full PhD scholarships available for candidates starting their studies in the 2018-19 academic year.
Each Queen’s University Belfast/China Scholarship Council (CSC) award covers:
• International tuition fees
• Maintenance stipend
• One economy class return journey to China
(i) Candidates must be citizens of the People's Republic of China at the time of application, and either permanently resident in China or studying overseas. (Those working overseas are not eligible.)
It should be noted that citizens of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are not eligible for consideration under the CSC joint funding route. Candidates must hold a PRC passport.
(ii) Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their degree.
Areas of Research
Applicants to all postgraduate research areas will be considered, subject to available supervision. Please consult the School websites for details of research opportunities.
The required minimum academic qualifications are normally an undergraduate Bachelor degree with good grades (considered by the University to be equivalent to a UK Bachelor Honours degree, Second Class Upper Division or higher) and a Master’s degree with good grades, awarded by a recognised higher education institution.
Applicants who do not have a Master’s degree, but who hold very high grades in an undergraduate Bachelor degree from a recognised Chinese higher education institution may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the relevant School.
Applicants currently in first year of a PhD programme, or who are currently employed in China, are eligible to apply if they also meet the criteria above.
Applicants who have been studying outside China must hold the equivalent of a UK Bachelor Honours degree Second Class Upper Division (2:1) or better, and a Master’s degree with good grades.
By the deadline for receipt of applications to Queen’s University Belfast (Tuesday 30January 2018), applicants must have met the English language requirement (IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test) for their chosen degree programme (see requirements below) as well as have provided evidence of all academic qualifications undertaken to date.
English Language Requirement
An IELTS score of 6.5* overall with a minimum of 5.5** in each test component OR TOEFL internet-based test with overall score of 90* and minimum marks as follows: Listening (17), Reading (18), Speaking (20) and Writing (17).
*IELTS/TOEFL test must have been taken within the past two years. All IELTS/TOEFL test results must be sent to Queen’s by 30 January 2018.
**NB: Applicants wishing to undertake a PhD programme offered by the Queen’s Management School or the School of Psychology must obtain higher English language overall and component scores as outlined within the Queen's University Belfast Course Finder.
Exemptions to English Language Requirement
If you have completed an academic qualification to the required standard, equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree (or higher) which was taught in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed below*, you are normally exempt from additional English language requirements. Exceptionally, some programmes with higher requirements will still require an IELTS test, including all research programmes offered by the School of Psychology.
*Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America
Please note that Steps 1 and 2 must be completed in full by Tuesday 30 January 2018.
Step 1 – Apply for Admission
- Applications for PhD admission must be made electronically by Tuesday 30 January 2018 via the Queen's postgraduate admissions online application portal
- Scanned copies of all academic transcripts and certificates (from Bachelor and Master degrees as applicable), as well as English language test results should be uploaded at the time of application.
- Any outstanding documentation must be submitted to Queen’s University by the deadline of Tuesday 30 January 2018, in order to be considered. Applicants should specify in their online application that they will be applying for the Queen's/CSC Joint Scholarship Scheme.
- It is recommended that applicants contact the relevant University School regarding a suitable research project and possible supervisor, preferably before submitting a PhD application.
Successful applicants will be issued with an offer letter confirming conditional or unconditional admission. An unconditional offer of admission will not be issued unless we have received all necessary documentation to support an application, including:
- Two academic references
- Scanned copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.
- English Language test certificate.
Please note that upon fulfilling any outstanding requirements for admission to a PhD programme (for example, provision of a satisfactory Masters qualification result), students are normally expected to commence their PhD programme in October 2018.
Step 2 – Apply for Queen’s/CSC Funding
- Applicants must also submit a completed Queen’s University Belfast/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2018 funding application form [download - Microsoft word file] to the Admissions and Access Service by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form can be completed electronically using Microsoft Word (if you are unable to type on the form, please click on the security warning and enable the content).
- The deadline to submit the application for CSC funding to Queen’s University Belfast (with all the necessary documentation) is Tuesday 30 January 2018.
- Selection Process: After the deadline for the submission QUB-CSC applications (Tuesday 30 January 2018), the University selection panel will convene in February 2018 to review all applications and finalise nominations. A notification of nomination for a QUB-CSC joint award will be issued to successful applicants in early March 2018 (date to be confirmed). Those nominated for a QUB-CSC joint award will be required to reply to Queen’s University Belfast in March 2018 (date to be confirmed), advising if they wish to accept the nomination with a view to submitting an application to CSC. Following this, the final list of nominated candidates will be sent to the China Scholarship Council for consideration.
Step 3 – Apply to CSC
Applicants must submit a separate application to the CSC by its stated deadline, by following the local application procedures in China.
Applicants must also satisfy the selection criteria set out by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) by completing the CSC Application Form and CSC Employer Reference Form which can be found at http://www.csc.edu.cn/ Applications to CSC must be submitted online between 20 March and 5 April 2018.
Please note that all three of the above steps must be completed.