Our FAQs list may be able to answer any questions you have before applying to study for a postgraduate research degree.
When should I apply?
We accept applications throughout the year. Please apply as soon as you have identified a suitable research proposal. PhD studentships begin in September/ October. You should begin applying as soon as possible.
- How long does a PhD take?
In the UK most PhD programmes last for three years. Students are expected to submit a thesis within 12 months of the end of the programme (and preferably within the three year period).
- Can I study part-time?
Yes, many students choose to study part-time, particularly when they are self-funded. It is likely that the majority of funded PhD positions will require full-time commitment. Most international students are required to study full-time on their Tier 4 visa.
- What are the tuition fees?
UK/EU fees: £4,327 per year, International fees: £16,300 per year Please visit the Postgraduate tuition fees page for more information.
- Is there any funding for PhDs?
Yes, there is funding available from the University and from some external sources. Visit the Postgraduate Funding page for more information. You can find a list of funded PhDs advertised in our PhD opportunities finder.
Can I fund myself?
Yes, it is possible to fund your PhD, whether you are applying for grants to create your own package of funding, are using personal funds or a combination of both. Having your own funding is no guarantee of a PhD place. You will still need to fulfil entry requirements and to find a supervisor willing to supervise you.
- Can I contact potential supervisors for my PhD before submitting my application?
Yes, you are encouraged to contact the PhD supervisors in the School. Members of staff would normally discuss your proposal and provide generic and informal guidance at this stage.
- Can I state in my application that I have identified supervisors that are experts in my proposed area of study?
Yes, please state clearly the names of any members of staff that you have discussed your proposal with. If you have not discussed your proposal with any staff members, please identify on your proposal at least one staff member that is expert in your proposed area of study and maybe an appropriate supervisor.
- Do I need to have completed a masters before applying for a PhD/professional doctorate at Queen's University?
Not necessarily. Our entrance requirements can vary but are often a good first degree for PhD entry and relevant professional experience for studying for a professional doctorate. A good first degree is an honours degree with a minimum 2:1 classification. Please check PhD entry requirements per programme.
When will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number?
This will be issued when you have provided the required documents and paid the relevant deposits. CAS details will not be issued earlier than six months before the start of your degree programme. More information on student visas and immigration.
- What are your English language requirements for research degrees?
We normally ask for an overall IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7 with no individual sub-score below 6.5. Queen's University will accept the IELTS Academic (both SELT and non-SELT), and TOEFL internet-based tests for direct admission to postgraduate degree programmes, if taken within the past two years. Other tests which may be accepted by the University for direct admission to degree programmes are listed here.
- What happens once I submit my application?
The Admissions and Access service in the university will check your application is complete and we have all the documents we need, such as degree certificates and transcripts. Once we have verified your certificates, we will send the application to the relevant university school for staff to consider the academic merit of your proposed research topic. To make sure your application is dealt with as quickly as possible, please include all required documents. Please be aware, it can take a number of months for the school to consider your application. Thank you for your patience during this time.