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Doctoral Training Programmes

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Funded PhD Study

Queen's University Belfast continues to be successful in securing multimillion-pound funding for doctoral training programmes from UK Research Councils, EU-funded innovative training networks, the Wellcome Trust and other charitable organisations.

This funding, coupled with our top-eight position in the most recent UK-wide Research Excellence Framework, means we can offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment.

Current funded opportunities

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Nurturing outstanding postgraduate students

We currently have over 15 flagship doctoral training programmes, funded centres and partnerships, which aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide world-class training within a thriving research culture across a number of disciplines.

Our Graduate School works closely to support our Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships, coordinating a network of staff to nurture our postgraduate researchers.  

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The benefits of undertaking doctoral study through one of Queen's Doctoral Training programmes typically include:

  • Competitive stipends and maintenance grants
  • Unique multi-disciplinary, fully-funded opportunities
  • Access to world leading experts 
  • Involvement of leading industry, business, government and charity partners in both training and research
  • Dynamic and engaging student experience, as part of a common research community
  • Research skills training and support funding 

These positions are often only open to applicants resident in the UK for at least three years prior to their application. Requirements vary, so please check individual centres. The first year typically includes taught elements for developing research and transferable skills as well as a research element to explore potential PhD-level topics.

Prospective students should read the eligibility requirements for funding carefully before applying.

The following Doctoral Training Programmes offer studentships at Queen's University Belfast:

Recruiting for 2023 entry

Need more information or help in next steps? Contact us via the forms linked below.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences   Engineering and Physical Sciences    Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Ongoing Doctoral Programmes

Horizon Europe

On 24 December 2020, the UK government announced that the UK will associate to Horizon Europe subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the Horizon Europe Programme regulations. This means that the UK applicants will have the same access than Member States applicants. The association will last for the full duration of the programme (2021-27). The first Horizon Europe calls are expected to launch in April 2021. QUB researchers look forward to continue participating in a range of opportunities including the MSCA Doctoral Networks (the new name for ITNs).

To understand how you can participate in Horizon Europe funded projects or to partner with Queen’s please get in touch with or consult support for our researchers page.

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