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Postgraduate Researchers are a vital part of the research environment of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) at Queen’s. Our distinctive offering across a wide range of subjects and disciplines allows each student to define a bespoke research journey, to work within disciplines or in cross-disciplinary contexts, and to be mentored by academic supervisors who are world leaders in their respective fields.

Global Research Impact

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework places Queen’s University eighth in the UK for research intensity. Over 75% of research activity at Queen’s was judged to be internationally-excellent or world leading. 14 of the individual areas of research assessed were ranked in the top 20 in the UK, with six of these in the top ten and two in the top five.

AHSS Research Themes

  • PhD History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  • PhD Law
  • PhD Management, Economics, Accounting and Finance
  • PhD English, Translation, Interpreting, Film, Music, Drama
  • PhD Education, Social Policy, Social Work
  • EdD Education, EdD TESOL, DCHILD Childhood Studies
  • PhD Theology

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The Graduate School provides an exclusive postgraduate hub based in the beautifully restored and remodelled Victorian Lynn library. This fully-accessible space has modern, hi-tech meeting and group study rooms, a silent study area and social spaces creating a vibrant hub for intellectual exchange and collaboration.

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Scholarships for 2018 Entry

International Office Postgraduate Scholarship

All new International students beginning their first year of full-time postgraduate research study in Queen's University Belfast in September 2018 who meet the conditions of their academic offer will receive an International Office Postgraduate Research Scholarship:

Year one award of £2500 (fee rate 1) or £3000 (fee rate 2).

No application is necessary. Terms and conditions apply.

Students must hold an offer for a place on a full-time postgraduate research programme at the QUB campus, starting in the academic year 2018-19 and meet any academic and language conditions attached to their offer as stated in their offer letter.

Students must be classified as international fee-paying students paying the international tuition fee rate in order to be considered for this discount. 

Terms and Conditions

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Centres of Research Excellence

Sonic Lab

Sonic Arts Research Centre

The Home of the Sonic Laboratory

SARC houses multi-channel studios, computer labs, a motion capture lab, a fabrication lab and the World's first Sonic Laboratory.

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The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry

International Centre of Research Excellence in English

Every area of English studies is a vibrant presence in Queen's from Medieval and Early Modern to Eighteenth Century, Modern, Irish and Language.

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Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Innovative Solutions to key Societal Challenges

Over 90 academic, research and support staff committed to applied social science research that seeks to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

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Queen's on BREXIT

Providing an Authoritative Voice on the BREXIT process

Informed by years of internationally-recognised research excellence, Queen's academics provide expert insights to the impact on N.I., the UK and the EU-27.

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Global Research Institute - The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice

A Flagship for Social Transformation

Building Peace

Striving to create dialogue within which all voices can be heard and to underpin the pursuit of peace through world class research.

The Institute connects the perspectives of all those who seek to contribute to conflict transformation and social justice – from the insights of world leading researchers to the experience of practitioners, policy makers, politicians and activists.

Senator George J. Mitchell is a former Chancellor of Queen’s University (1999-2009) and was appointed as the inaugural United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland by President Bill Clinton in 1995. Senator Mitchell was Chair of the NI All Party Talks that led to led to the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

The Good Friday Agreement brought to an end the 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland known as 'The Troubles'. It was ratified in a referendum in May 1998. The agreement set up a power-sharing assembly to govern Northern Ireland by cross-community consent.

For his work in Northern Ireland, Senator Mitchell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Truman Institute Peace Prize and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize. In 2016, Queen’s University officially launched The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

On the 10th April 2018, the Institute held the Building the Peace event with key figures from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement period gathered at Queen’s to mark the Agreement's 20th Anniversary - Senator George J. Mitchell was joined by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, Jonathan Powell, Gerry Adams and Lord David Trimble as well as a number of other key players. 

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