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School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | MD
Entry Year
2020
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences trains ~250 postgraduate research students undertaking PhD, MD and MPhil degrees in Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Experimental Medicine, Public Health and Medical Education. Its diverse postgraduate student population comprises both basic and clinical scientists from across the globe engaged in wide-ranging research projects spanning the breadth of the School’s research portfolio from bioinformatics through molecular and cell biology to clinical trials.

Medicine Highlights
Industry Links
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences promotes close collaborative interaction with local and global biotechnology companies, such as Almac and Randox. Such relationships are underpinned by innovative discovery science and its clinical application and have resulted in development of novel diagnostic/prognostic applications and therapies.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Career Development
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences postgraduate programme trains students in both research-specific and generic skills towards promotion of professional development. Students may also avail of career development advice at the School annual Postgraduate Research Forum, through its peer mentoring programme, and as part of their individual Postgraduate Development Programme. The QUB Graduate School also provides wide-ranging opportunities for career development which complement School-specific postgraduate research training.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
World Class Facilities
  • As a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities, Queen’s University Belfast is committed to maintaining the very best research. In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, over 75% of its research activity was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading, whilst Queen’s was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity. As such, Queen’s provides an ideal environment to support high-quality postgraduate research.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
  • Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will undertake their research projects within the Institute of Health Sciences which has benefitted from significant recent investment (>£100M) and boasts state-of-art facilities and technology.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Internationally Renowned Experts
  • Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences are closely supervised by experienced academic staff and are viewed as a central and critical component of their world-leading research programmes.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Student Experience
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences provides a vibrant environment for postgraduate research training. There are currently ~250 students undertaking wide-ranging basic science and clinical research projects who work closely together with postdoctoral and academic staff across the Institute of Health Sciences. Students are encouraged to interact both within and across disciplines through formal and informal School events, many of which are student-led.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Key Facts

Research students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities undertaken within the School and there are many resources available including:

  • Opportunity to benefit from world-class infrastructure and academic faculty.
  • Tailored postgraduate training programme including specific and generic aspects and careers-focussed peer mentoring.
  • Access to the QUB Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme.
  • Provision of shared laboratory and office space as required by research project.
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Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
The School currently has current collaborative partnerships with the NIH National Cancer Institute (Washington) and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Toronto), together with developing relationships with international institutions in the Middle East, such as Hashemite University (Zarqa, Jordan). In addition, some of our current students conduct the majority of their research abroad (currently US and China) with supervisors from both QUB and the external institution. The School also supports short-term research training opportunities for its postgraduate students in the groups of international collaborators; these enriching experiences not only benefit the project but provide valuable insight into research in a global context.

Research Themes
Cancer Research and Cell Biology
The global burden of cancer is increasing and incidence is expected to be 15 million new diagnoses each year by 2020. The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) is attuned to this global health issue and specialises in integrating academic discovery, industrial/commercial enterprise and innovative health care practice to promote effective delivery of precision cancer medicine, to improve patient health and outcomes, generate wealth and alleviate suffering. CCRCB has established successful multi-disciplinary teams focusing on cancers of Gastrointestinal, Prostate, Breast and Ovarian origin. Each team incorporates disease-specialist clinicians, accredited molecular pathology expertise bringing affiliated biobank tissue repositories, and academics skilled in the art of (i) biomarker discovery and bioinformatics, (ii) biological investigation and therapeutic development, and (iii) the prosecution of early-phase translation-driven clinical trials. Our significant success has resulted from a strong team-based approach.

Experimental Medicine
The Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM) is committed to research excellence by making scientific breakthroughs in the mechanisms of disease, which we translate to innovative therapeutics to improve patient outcomes. We are an international hub of excellence on eye disease, infectious diseases and respiratory disease with a core emphasis on immunology, molecular cell biology and patient-based investigations. CEM comprises three main research themes focussed on Immunology and Microbes, Respiratory Medicine, and Vision and Vascular Medicine. Our Immunobiology and Microbes research group focusses on understanding the immune system which is an essential for defence the human body, not only in preventing a wide variety of diseases but also aiding recovery from them. Our Respiratory Medicine research group focusses on understanding the processes that lead to common lung illnesses such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Our Vision and Vascular Medicine research group particularly focusses on inflammation within the cardiovascular system as a frequent cause of cardiac and other vascular diseases which represent a significant health burden on society. Our work makes an important impact in the fight against conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and eye disease.

Medical Education
Research in The Centre for Medical Education (CME) is focussed on developing and progressing clinical education in the following key areas: Assessment, Medical Humanities, Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies, Simulation-Based Learning, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Diversity and Equality, Early Intervention, Patient Safety and Safe Care, Prescribing, and Pedagogy in Medical Education.

Public Health
The overall mission of the Centre for Public Health (CPH) is to improve health and reduce inequalities, prevent and manage chronic disease and disability more effectively, and to improve the delivery of health and social care. CPH comprises four main research themes focussed on Epidemiology and Public Health, Cancer Epidemiology, Nutrition and Public Health, and Health Services and Global Health. Our Epidemiology and Public Health research group harnesses Big Data in discovery science and its application to clinical and public health practice, to help to understand how both genes and environments (including social norms and networks) shape risk in individuals and populations. Our Cancer Epidemiology research group includes programmes focussed on pre-malignancy molecular epidemiology, gastrointestinal cancer progression and precision medicine, and pharmaco-epidemiology exploring the potential for drug re-purposing. Our Nutrition and Public Health research group works across the life-course to understand the determinants of a healthy diet in individuals, at risk groups (e.g. schoolchildren, pregnant women, older people) and whole populations, and on identifying ways to improve it. Our Health Services and Global Health research group focusses on health care for people with chronic conditions and poor mental health, quality improvement and implementation science, oral health and related cancers, trials methodology, health economics, and global eye health.

PhD Opportunities
Funded postgraduate research studentships are advertised on the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences website: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Study/PostgraduateResearch/CurrentOpportunities/.

We will also consider applications from externally or self-funded students who should identify potential academic supervisors aligned with their research interests: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/find-a-phd-supervisor/.

Please note that we can only support projects which fit within our main research themes of Experimental Medicine, Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Medical Education, and Public Health.

Research Impact
The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences drives research excellence and impact, delivering innovative solutions to the specific challenges we have identified in healthcare. The School has three central aims:
(1)To address key global challenges in health care by making scientific breakthroughs in mechanisms of disease, translating these to innovative therapeutics and preventive interventions to improve patient outcomes.
(2)To establish lasting relationships with major funders for programmatic research and capacity building. This includes doctoral training, clinical academic programmes and postdoctoral fellowships.
(3)To leverage scientific strengths with small and medium size enterprises and large pharmaceutical companies to develop externally funded competitive, collaborative programmes for discovery and translation.

Research Projects
See below examples of current postgraduate research projects and potential opportunities.

Research Success
In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, over 75% of research activity in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading, whilst Queen’s University Belfast was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity.

Current PGR Student Profiles
See below examples of current postgraduate research projects and potential opportunities.

Career Prospects

Introduction
The majority of postgraduate research students within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences continue to successfully secure appropriate employment upon completion of their studies. Chosen careers are generally relevant to their qualification within industry, academia and the National Health Service and have included postdoctoral research across the world, clinical/non-clinical academia, return to full-time clinical work, medical writing, industry research, management/financial consultancy, and R&D software development. The School runs a dedicated careers session at its annual Postgraduate Research Forum and careers-focussed peer mentoring from postdoctoral researchers whilst students are expected to discuss potential careers with their supervisors as part of their individual Postgraduate Development Programme.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/

Employment after the Course
All postgraduate research students can avail of careers advice from the Graduate School whilst postdoctoral employment opportunities are highlighted at the annual School Postgraduate Research Forum within a dedicated session. Students should also discuss potential careers with their supervisors as a central focus of their individual Postgraduate Development Programme.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/

People teaching you

Professor David Grieve
Director of Postgraduate Research
SMDBS
Email: d.grieve@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

As a postgraduate student in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences you will receive high-quality training and support for a career in scientific research with real potential to contribute to development of improved strategies for the management and treatment of life-threatening diseases.

Course structure

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to providing its postgraduate research students with a supportive environment to effectively promote their education, training and professional development. First year students enrol on a tailored training programme comprising a series of lectures, workshops and practical sessions focused on key research skills, including bioimaging, informatics, genomics, mass spectrometry, animal models and clinical trials. In addition, all students receive wide-ranging and ongoing training in generic and transferable skills, such as scientific writing, data analysis, presentation and critical appraisal, through dedicated communication courses and seminars. They also benefit from presentation of their research findings at major national and international conferences, which is an expectation of all postgraduate research students, and through regular interaction with the QUB Graduate School, whose specific function is to support postgraduate training, development and careers.

Students undertake their specific research project under the close guidance of an experienced principal supervisor with support from 1 or 2 co-supervisors as appropriate. All postgraduate research students are initially registered as ‘undifferentiated’ which means that they are required to complete a probationary period after which they are assessed for their suitability to undertake a postgraduate research degree during the differentiation process. Differentiation normally takes place at 9-12 months for full time students and 18-24 months for part time students. Each student is required to complete a literature review, give an oral presentation of their research within their Centre, and provide evidence of appropriate training and completion of their Postgraduate Development Plan. They are then interviewed by a differentiation panel, comprising 2 or 3 academic staff, who assess the students understanding of their project and progress, based on both their submitted paperwork and response to questions. Differentiated students are required to complete a similar Annual Progress Review process in each subsequent year of their research degree. The duration of a full-time MD programme is normally 2-3 years. For completion of their doctoral qualification students are required to submit a thesis of their research of appropriate length and content (as advised by their supervisors) which will be assessed by oral examination conducted by an external and internal examiner.

Funded postgraduate research studentships are advertised on the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences website: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Study/PostgraduateResearch/CurrentOpportunities/. We will also consider applications from externally or self-funded students who should identify potential academic supervisors aligned with their research interests: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/find-a-phd-supervisor/. Please note that we can only support projects which fit within the overall research strategy of the School and individual research focus of our academic staff.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate research should select ONE potential supervisor from our list of academic staff, https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/find-a-phd-supervisor/, and send an email containing: (1) a brief CV (1-2 pages maximum), (2) a concise statement of motivation including research interests, (3) source of funding, and (4) intended start date.

Our academic staff welcome approaches from prospective students and are happy to develop research proposals of mutual interest. Often this process will involve an informal face-to-face meeting (in person or via Skype) prior to an invitation to submit a formal application. If you have difficulty identifying or contacting an appropriate supervisor, please contact Professor David Grieve, Director of Postgraduate Research, d.grieve@qub.ac.uk, or the School Postgraduate Office, pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk, who will be happy to help.

Assessment

Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will receive ongoing training in scientific writing, presentation and critical analysis as the basis for a research career. The School supports and challenges its postgraduate research students through robust annual progress review, requiring satisfactory assessment of written work, symposia presentations, supervisor reports and panel interview, the success of which is evidenced by its excellent completion rates. At the end of their postgraduate research training period, students are required to submit a thesis of their research of appropriate length and content which is assessed by oral examination conducted by an external and internal examiner.

Feedback

Postgraduate research students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences receive feedback on their written and oral work throughout the period of registration for their degree. This may be both formal and informal and is provided regularly by their supervisors, peers, academic/postdoctoral colleagues, and annual progress review panel.

Facilities
Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences benefit from world-class infrastructure and academic faculty and are highly valued as a central and critical component of its research strategy. All students will have access to shared laboratory and office space as required by their research project.
Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort
Unlocking genomics datasets for biomarker discovery in human diseases
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Single Cell Genomics, Data Mining, Bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence, Human Diseases Dr Vijay Tiwari
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
23 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Epigenomics of neurological disorders
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Epigenomics, Gene Regulation, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Brain Disorders Dr Vijay Tiwari
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Mechanism of actiones of mucoactive drugs in critically ill patients with acute respiratory failure
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Critical Illness Dr Bronwen Connolly
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
The role of SORL1 in B cell antigen trafficking
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD B Cells, Endocytosis, SORL1, Immunology, CRISPR, Cell Biology, Immune Response Dr Dessi Malivona
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
23 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
RNA transport in angiogenesis: deciphering mechanisms of RNA localisation to understand blood vessel growth
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Endothelial biology Mr Guilherme Costa
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Circadian clocks in diabetes – implications for diabetic macular oedema
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Vision, Vascular Medicine, Diabetes, Circadian, Diabetic Retinopathy, Complications Dr Eleni Beli
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Exploiting the protein O-glycosylation pathway in opportunistic bacteria as a novel antimicrobial target
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Antimicrobial discovery, cystic fibrosis, vaccines, molecular genetics, bacterial physiology Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
The Role of Exosome-bound Proteases in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Innate Immunity, Respiratory Disease, Exosome, Protease Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Subversion of small GTPases for host exploitation by intracellular bacterial pathogens
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Infection,microbiology,bacteria,host-pathogen interaction,proteomics,innate immunity,antimicrobials Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Airway epithelium and respiratory syncytial virus – effect of developmental age on responses to infection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Ultan Power
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Drug Discovery for Targeting the RNA-Binding Protein QKI in Diabetes Using the Remarkable Technology of iPS Cells 
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Diabetes,Cardiovascular Disease,induced Pluripotent Stem cells (iPSCs),endothelial cell dysfunction Dr Andriana Margariti
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Mitochondrial dysfunction in ARDS and therapeutic mechanism of mesenchymal stromal cell derived extracelluar vesicles
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD respiratory diseases, ARDS, cell therapies, mitochondrial dysfunction, extracellular vesicles Dr Anna Krasnodembskaya
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Dissecting how the human pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae rewires macrophages to promote infection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Macrophage, Klebsiella, immunometabolism, AMR Professor Jose Bengoechea
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Role of protein quality control mechanisms in cancer
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cell Biology, Metabolism, Cancer Dr Colin Adrain
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
23 February 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Development of LSD1 (KDM1a)/CoREST Targeting Strategies for the Treatment of Poor Prognosis Cancers
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Drug Development, Target Degradation, PROTAC, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Epigenetic Dr Richard Williams
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Role of RNA-translational machinery in anti-cancer effects of 5-Fluorouracil
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Colon Cancer, Chemotherapy, translational control, functional genomics, transcriptional control Dr Simon McDade
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Harnessing biomedical and bioinformatics methodologies to investigate the mechanisms linking bladder inflammation and development of urothelial cancer
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Urothelial cancer, Bladder, Molecular biology,Cell biology, Physiology, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology Professor Karen McCloskey
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Targeting cellular metabolism to enhance radiotherapy response in KRAS mutant NSCLC
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Radiotherapy, Cancer metabolism, Lung cancer Dr Karl Butterworth
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Identifying mechanisms leading to improved prostate cancer outcomes in statin users
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Bioinformatics,endoplasmic reticulum stress,epidemiology,flow cytometry,immunocytochemistry,lipids Dr Emma Allott
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Understanding how public health policy can affect life expectancy inequalities in Northern Ireland through simulation
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Public Health,Life Expectancy,Health Inequalities,Mortality,Modelling,Simulation,Systems,Policy Dr Declan Bradley
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Food-based biomarkers, diet quality, and cardiometabolic health
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Nutrition, food, biomarker, diet, health Professor Jayne Woodside
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
SWISH (See Well to Stay In ScHool: Randomised trial of spectacle distribution to secondary school children with myopia to increase academic high school attendance rate in rural communities)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Child eye care, ophthalmology, refractive error, public health, rural China, education attainment Dr Ving Fai Chan
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
23 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Investigating the costs and benefits of global health partnerships
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Global Public Health Professor Diarmuid O'Donovan
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 February 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Developing an injury surveillance system in road cycling in order to design and implement injury prevention programmes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Injury prevention, Cycling, Injury surveillance, Public health, Sports medicine Dr Neil Heron
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Simulating physical activity policies for population health
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Public Health, modelling, simulation, health inequalities, systems science, systems thinking Dr Leandro Garcia
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Identifying Subphenotypes of Delirium Using Existing Research Data
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Public Health, Delirium, clinical research, precision medicine Dr Emma Cunningham
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Mapping Homeless and Inclusion Health services in Northern Ireland
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Public health, Primary care Professor Diarmuid O'Donovan
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 February 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Getting stuck in: how can medical students be enabled to get more involved in patient care?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Medical Education Professor Tim Dornan
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Medications used for the treatment of prostate enlargement and cancer risk
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Public Health, Epidemiology, Cancer, Pharmacoepidemiology, Data Analysis, Statistics Dr Blanaid Hicks
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Levofloxacin:reducing the risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa resistance
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Microbiology, Cystic Fibrosis Dr Damian Downey
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Tackling protease-mediated inflammation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Innate Immunity, Respiratory Disease, Proteases Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Development and evaluation of small Inhibitors of HUWE1 for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Blood cancer, Drug discover, Multiple myeloma, E3 Ligase, Ubiquitin proteasome system Dr Lisa Crawford
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
24 February 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Klebsiella pneumoniae type VI secretion system: antimicrobial resistance, and virulence genes dissemination
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Jose Bengoechea
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Uncovering new mechanisms of host subversion by the respiratory pathogen Legionella pneumophila
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
A Role for Proteases in Strepococcus Pneumoniae infection, lung inflammation and injury
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Understanding mechanisms of lung destruction in patients with non-tuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary infection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Cecilia O'Kane
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Elucidating novel disease mechanisms in sepsis
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Tim Curtis
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Targeting bacterial protein glycosylation in pathogenic bacteria as a novel anti-virulence strategy
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Determining effective radiation / drug combinations for paediatric cancers
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Ken Mills
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Targeting TRPV1 channels for the restoration of microvascular barrier function in diabetic retinopathy
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Tim Curtis
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Application of protein-drug conjugates for the treatment of cancer (part of the ETN Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapies “TACT”)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD TACT, Cancer, Anti-cancer Professor Chris Scott
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
1 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Development of novel antibody-nanoparticles conjugates (part of the ETN Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapies “TACT”)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD TACT, Cancer, Anti-cancer Professor Chris Scott
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
1 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Macrophage-bacteria interactions in cystic fibrosis: the cellular microbiology of the novel opportunistic bacterium Achromobacter species
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD macrophage, cystic fibrosis, intracellular survival, inflammation, pyroptosis, virulence factors Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Bacterial lipocalins: Novel role in bacterial protection against antibiotic-induced membrane lipid peroxidation
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD antibiotic resistance, lipid peroxidation, RNAseq, metabolomics, protein structure-function, Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2
Unraveling chromatin regulation during development and disease
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Chromatin, epigenetics, transcription, development, cancer, histones, genomics, proteomics Dr Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Moh Sarip
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
How do cancer cells decide to release growth-promoting molecules?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cancer, cell signalling, biochemistry, cell biology, in vivo models, inflammation. EGFR, EGF ligands Dr Colin Adrain
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Development of in silico framework to support pre-clinical model selection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Bioinformatics, biostatistics, machine learning, cancer, stratified medicine, data modelling, data i Dr Jaine Blayney
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Investigating the functional consequences of HUWE1 mutations in Multiple Myeloma
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma, HUWE1, CRISPR Dr Lisa Crawford
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Optimising stress to maximise learning in medical simulation environments
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Medical education, simulation based education, stress Dr Paul Hamilton
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Unmasking the BRCA1 interactome to identify novel tumour suppressor pathways and treatment options for Breast and Ovarian Cancers.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD BRCA1, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, novel interactors, DNA damage repair, cell cycle Dr Paul Mullan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Novel approaches to uncovering effects of anti-cancer agents targeting epigenetic modifiers.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Genomics, Epigenetics, Cancer, Assay development Dr Simon McDade
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Cancer in low-and-middle income countries
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD *Cancer epidemiology *Premalignant disease research including impact of receiving a pre-malignant d Dr Charlene McShane
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
The health and healthcare impact of prenatal exposure to psychotropic medicines on neonates
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Psychotropic prescribing, birth outcomes, healthcare burden Professor Ciaran O'Neill
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Improving Oral Health in Care Homes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Oral Health; Aging; Nutrition; Care homes; Nursing homes Dr Gerry McKenna
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Developing Evidence-Based Paediatric Palliative Care Guidelines for Africa
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Pediatric palliative care, Africa, LMICs, community-based research, mixed methods research Dr Lynne Lohfeld
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
A multi-level approach to better understand the association between physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and cancer risk
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cancer; prevention; physical activity; built environment; UK Biobank Dr Ruth Hunter
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Diabetic retinopathy screening: are we serving our population correctly?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Diabetic retinopathy screening; image analysis, artificial intelligence, big data analysis, mixed-me Professor Tunde Peto
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
1 July 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Closed 2
Designing and piloting a teacher incentive programme in Tanzania to improve school eye health programme implementation
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Global health, school eye health, low/middle-income countries, vision science, ophthalmology and opt Dr Ving Fai Chan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Establishing human blood vessel organoids as a model for drug screening for Diabetes and Vascular Complications using the Remarkable technology of induced pluripotent stem cells
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Induced pluripotent stem cells human blood vessel organoids Diabetes and Vascular Complications Dr Andriana Margariti
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells derived Extracellular Vesicles in alveolar epithelial regeneration in ARDS
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Mesenchymal stromal cells, extracellular vesicles, ARDS, alveolar epithelium, regeneration, respirat Dr Anna Krasnodembskaya
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Characterisation of new mechanisms of host subversion by rhinovirus, the common cold virus
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Rhinovirus, host-pathogen interactions, virus, cell, molecular mechanisms, virology, microbiology, c Dr Aurelie Mousnier
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Modulating the A20-DREAM axis in inflammation by drug repurposing
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Inflammation, Pharmacological intervention, Drug repurposing, A20 (TNFAIP3), DREAM Dr Bettina Schock
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Delirium in critically ill children
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Critical care; Delirium; Paediatric Professor Bronagh Blackwood
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Epigenetics in heart failure: mechanism and therapeutic targeting
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Heart failure, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiac remodelling, Biomarkers, Epigenetics, Fibrosis Dr Chris Watson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Protease-mediated inflammation in chronic lung disease
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Innate Immunity, Respiratory Disease, Proteases Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Microvascular glucagon-like peptide-1 signalling as a central determinant of protection against cardiac remodelling in type 2 diabetes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Heart failure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammation, endothelium, glucagon-like peptide-1 Professor David Grieve
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Stem cell exosomes – important communicators with therapeutic potential in the dental pulp
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Mesenchymal Stem cell, dental pulp stem cell, regenerative endodontics, Dr Fionnuala Lundy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Local protein synthesis in angiogenesis
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Angiogenesis Vascular Development Endothelium Cell Migration RNA Translation Mr Guilherme Costa
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Dissection of protease signalling during bacterial infection for drug and biomarker discovery
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Host-pathogen interaction, bacteria, antimicrobials, cellular microbiology, proteomics, proteases, c Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Association of oral Streptococci with vascular inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Oral bacteria, dental caries, apical periodontitis, oral heath, cardiovascular disease Dr Ikhlas El Karim
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Role of cell death and necroinflammation in pulpal wound healing
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dental pulp stem cells, sterile inflammation, regenerative endodontics Dr Ikhlas El Karim
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on health outcomes: does an apple a day still keep the doctor away?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Nutrition; fruit and vegetables; dietary assessment; dietary modelling; qualitative methodologies Professor Jayne Woodside
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Exploiting the protein O-glycosylation pathway in opportunistic bacteria as a novel antimicrobial target
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Protein glycosylation, proteomics, transcriptomics, cystic fibrosis, Burkholderia, antimicrobial res Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
20 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2
Organelle dynamics during endothelial senescence
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cellular senescence, cell ageing, vascular biology, endothelial senescence, mitochondria, endoplasmi Dr Reinhold Medina
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Three-dimensional structural mapping of the retinal neurovascular unit and the influence of diabetes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, Vascular Biology, Diabetic Retinopathy, Imaging, Image Analys Professor Tim Curtis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Can we repair brain damage using the immune system?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Tissue repair, inflammasomes, Multiple Sclerosis, MS, neuroimmunology, brain repair, regenerative in Dr. Yvonne Dombrowski
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Optimising stress to maximise learning in medical simulation environments
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Medical education, simulation based education, stress Professor Gerry Gormley
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Development of inhaled MPro Inhibitors for the Treatment of Respiratory Viral Infections
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Respiratory viral infections Dr Richard Williams
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
26 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Determining inflammasomes as targets for the treatment of paediatric Multiple Sclerosis
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Yvonne Dombrowski
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Identifying immune mechanisms in the CNS as targets for the treatment of paediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Multiple sclerosis, MS, neuroinflammation, inflammation, neuroscience, myelin, inflammasomes, regene Dr Yvonne Dombrowski
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Closed 2
Covid-19 in children: a prospective study investigating seroprevalence and host response to SARS-CoV-2 in children.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Paediatric, coronavirus, Covid-19 Dr Chris Watson
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
8 July 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Examining the role of the DNA damage driven immune response in Fanconi Anaemia.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Kienan Savage
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Nutritional strategies to reduce dental caries in children
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Nutrition, dental, children Dr Fionnuala Lundy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Investigation of the mechanisms of ADCY5 mutations and childhood movement disorders
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Karen McCloskey
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
The impact of CFTR modulators on the virome and viral-induced inflammation in early Cystic Fibrosis (CF) lung disease.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Epigenomics of Paediatric Neurological Disorders
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Vijay Tiwari
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
22 June 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
CITI-GENS DTP Development of domain-agnostic machine learning-enabled data quality application
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Data science, analytics, data quality, data correction, machine learning, finance, healthcare Dr Jaine Blayney
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Physical and psychological preparation of elite athletes: sharing learning across elite sailing, road cycling and football
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Physical and psychological preparation for sport; RED-S (relative energy deficiency in sport); road Dr Neil Heron
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Elucidation of the processes leading to urinary catheter scaling and bladder inflammation
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Health-related quality of life; incontinence; urinary catheters; inflammation; imaging Professor Karen McCloskey
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
CITI-GENS DTP Understanding Antiviral Immunity in the Lung During Infection with Established and Emerging Viruses as Causes of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Viruses, SARS-CoV-2, Lung, ARDS Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,407
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,407
Other (non-UK) EU £4,407
International £21,300

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Medicine costs

Some research programmes may require payment of bench fees in addition to tuition fees. These charges are made to cover additional project-specific expenses, such as consumables, equipment access, and specialist training, and are determined by the nature of the research project.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has eight outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and most importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.