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Research Degrees

Handbook for Postgraduate Research 2013-14

There are over 70 students carrying out research in the School for the doctoral degree (PhD). They are investigating a wide range of issues on a full- or part-time basis and are in receipt of bursaries from a number of sources or are supporting themselves.


All research students have access to work stations and other facilities in the School. Pigeon holes are available at the School Office in College Park. Postgraduate students in the School have set up their own Facebook page


Interaction with other students and staff is an essential part of postgraduate life. As well as having formal meetings with your two supervisors, you will be part of one of the School’s research clusters organised by a Director of Research. Clusters have their own programme of meetings and contribute to a School-wide seminar series led by both internal and visiting scholars. There are also many less formal opportunities to meet with academic colleagues, including on Thursday afternoons (4-6pm) for the student-led seminar series and coffee time.


Postgraduate research is regulated by a number of external bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Education and Learning, as well as by Queen’s itself. There are timetables for completion and a number of milestones on the way to ensure satisfactory progression. Research training requirements (the equivalent of 10 days per year) must be met, involving courses, conferences, seminars and workshops.  Your supervisor will discuss the available choices and guide you through the requirements. Below you will find a description of one part of the training requirement set by the School. Other courses are available centrally, organised by the Postgraduate Office.


Inevitably, regulation involves an element of form-filling and record keeping. For instance each time you meet a supervisor, an agreed record of the meeting will be made and signed off. This will include a note of what you and your supervisor have agreed to do before the next meeting. You will also be asked to complete an annual progress report to which your supervisor contributes. When near to completion you fill in a form declaring your intent to submit, which in turn triggers off the examination process.


A PhD examination involves external and internal examiners reading your thesis and then holding an oral examination at which your main supervisor may be present but not formally participate in. The examination is chaired by an independent Director of Research.

  Record of supervision form

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, PhD Studentship Awards – 2015 entry

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for PhD Studentship Awards, funded by the Northern Ireland’s Department for Employment and Learning, available for full-time PhD research commencing in autumn 2015.

23 studentships are available in total and they will be allocated to outstanding students undertaking PhD study across the broad range of disciplines within the Faculty. Applications are invited from potential doctoral students seeking to undertake projects within the remit of the following thematic areas:

  • Arts and Humanities (incorporating all subject areas in the Faculty supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council)
  • Security, Rights and Conflict Transformation
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Life Course Studies
  • Innovation and Economic Performance

All studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants who have: an excellent undergraduate degree; completed, or are due to complete by September 2015, a Master’s degree in a relevant subject; an original and exciting research proposal that will contribute to the further enhancement of areas of research strength in the Faculty.

If you are interested in applying for a studentship in the Arts and Humanities, please complete the application process in line with the AHRC’s Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership’s BDTP studentship competition. The deadline for this competition is 26 January 2015. Further details are provided here.

If you wish to be considered for a studentship in any of the other 4 thematic areas, please complete the online postgraduate application portal, registering your application against the home School of your proposed primary supervisor. The deadline for applications in these 4 areas is 5pm on 5 February 2015. Applicants must specify within their applications which of the 4 thematic research themes their project will address and must not specify more than one area. 

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