Postgraduate Research

AHSS International Accomodation Awards

To support more International students to study their PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) is offering International PhD Awards worth over £300,000.

With 15 accommodation awards across the Faculty on offer in 2018, this is a great opportunity for new international students wishing to study in Belfast.

Applicants must insert the code INTACC18 under the section for funding on the Direct Application Portal if they wish to be considered for this award. For further details re eligibility criteria please visit AHSS International PhD Awards before applying.

You must also meet the minimum academic requirements of the School and submit a research proposal as part of your application for a PhD.

In order to ensure that there is sufficient research expertise within the Faculty to supervise your project, it is recommended that you contact a member of academic staff to discuss your proposal. The academic can then advise if there is a potential supervisor available for this topic.

Please refer to our Academic Staff page or email our Research Administrator, Karen McLaughlin

The Postgraduate Applications Portal will close at 4pm, 6th April 2018.


SPaRK is a Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie doctoral training programme that supports interdisciplinary PhD students at Queens University Belfast. PhD students funded within Marie Sklodowska-Curie programmes have the title of Early Stage Researcher (ESR).

SPaRK researchers are based in academic Schools or research institutes across all three of Queen's Faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS); and Medicine (MHLS). In addition, they are trained as a cohort via The Graduate School to be Thinkers, Leaders, Innovators and Communicators who are Future-Ready. the Graduate School provides world-class facilities as well as an intellectual hub for 3i training, debate and dialogue.

The application process for the SPaRK Programme is different to other PhD application processes for Queen’s University, Belfast. It is important that you read the Application Pack, on the front page of the SPaRK website for full details on the application process.

You must also meet the minimum academic requirements of the School and submit a research proposal as part of your application for a PhD.

A number of academics from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work are involved in these multidisciplinary projects. All candidates are encouraged to make contact with their potential supervisor in advance of submitting an application. Potential supervisors are advertised on each of the projects that candidates can apply for and your application should be to the School that the Primary Supervisor belongs to. Visit AHSS SPaRK projects for more information.

The projects available for application through our School are listed below:

Dr. Maria Pentaraki and Dr. John Karamichas have a project available for application titled 'Precarity, Debt and the Social Work Profession in Greece through a Political Economy Lens'. 

Dr. Maria Pentaraki also has a project available for application with Dr. Sarah Miller titled 'The Impact of Intimate Partnet Violence (IPV) on teenage Womens Educational Well Being'.

The Postgraduate Admissions Portal will close at 4pm, 11th April 2018.

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

(Students from Northern Ireland and EU)

From the academic year 2017/18, the Government will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per student for postgraduate study.

The postgraduate tuition fee loan (PG TFL) for postgraduate study will be:

  1. A tuition fee loan
  2. Non-means tested
  3. Paid directly to the University

Find out more about eligibility criteria

Queen's University Scholarships

Every year Queen's University offers a number of scholarships.

Prospective Home/EU Students

Further information and application forms may be found on the Queen's Postgraduate Taught page.

Prospective International Students

Further information and application forms may be found on the Queen's International Scholarships page.