- Level of StudyPostgraduate Research
There will be up to 20 full PhD scholarships available for candidates starting their studies in the 2022-23 academic year. Applicants currently in the first year of a PhD programme at Queen's in the 2021-22 academic year may also apply, if they meet the eligibility requirements (including academic criteria and English language). Such applicants must have commenced their PhD on or after 1 September 2021 in order to be eligible for consideration.
Tuition Fees, Living Costs / Stipend, Travel Costs
Queen's University Belfast and China Scholarship Council
Queen’s University Belfast provides a full tuition fee scholarship for successful applicants. For those commencing the first year of PhD studies in 2022, the scholarship will cover up to three years full-time international PhD tuition fees, and one year thesis only/writing up charge (approximately £315). The award is subject to registration at Queen’s, continued funding by the China Scholarship Council and to confirmation of satisfactory progress.
The China Scholarship Council provides:
• Maintenance stipend (as specified by the CSC)
• One economy class return journey from China to the UK
• Funding to cover visa application fees
Number of Awards
Up to 20
Queen's University Belfast and China Scholarship Council
(i) Candidates must be citizens of the People's Republic of China at the time of application, and either permanently resident in China or studying overseas. (Those working overseas are not eligible.)
It should be noted that citizens of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are not eligible for consideration under the CSC joint funding route. Candidates must hold a PRC passport.
(ii) Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their degree.
(iii) Candidates will also be required to satisfy the selection criteria set out by CSC. Details can be found on the website:China Scholarship Council.
Areas of Research
Applicants to all postgraduate research areas will be considered, subject to available supervision. Please consult the School websites for details of research opportunities.
The required minimum academic qualifications are normally an undergraduate Bachelor degree with good grades (considered by the University to be equivalent to a UK Bachelor Honours degree, Second Class Upper Division or higher) and a Master’s degree with good grades, awarded by a recognised higher education institution.
Applicants who do not have a Master’s degree, but who hold very high grades in an undergraduate Bachelor degree from a recognised Chinese higher education institution may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the relevant School.
Applicants currently in first year of a PhD programme, or who are currently employed in China, are eligible to apply if they also meet the criteria above. Such applicants must have commenced their PhD on or after 1 September 2021 in order to be eligible for consideration.
Applicants who have been studying outside China must hold the equivalent of a UK Bachelor Honours degree Second Class Upper Division (2:1) or better, and a Master’s degree with good grades.
By the deadline for receipt of applications to Queen’s University Belfast (Tuesday 25 January 2022), applicants must have met the English language requirement (IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test) for their chosen degree programme (see requirements below) as well as have provided evidence of all academic qualifications undertaken to date.
English Language Requirement
An IELTS score of 6.5* overall with a minimum of 5.5** in each test component OR TOEFL internet-based test with overall score of 90* and minimum marks as follows: Listening (17), Reading (18), Speaking (20) and Writing (17).
The above requirement must be met by 25 January 2022.
*IELTS/TOEFL test must have been taken within two years of the expected start date of the course. All IELTS/TOEFL test results must be sent to Queen’s by 25 January 2022.
**NB: Applicants wishing to undertake a PhD programme offered by the Queen’s Management School, School of Law, or the School of Psychology must obtain higher English language overall and component scores as outlined within the Queen's University Belfast Course Finder.
Exemptions to English Language Requirement
If you have completed an academic qualification to the required standard, equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree (or higher) which was taught in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed below*, you are normally exempt from additional English language requirements. Exceptionally, some programmes with higher requirements will still require an IELTS test, including all research programmes offered by the School of Psychology.
*Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America
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It is recommended that applicants contact the relevant University School regarding a suitable research project and possible supervisor, preferably before submitting a PhD application.
Applications for PhD admission must be made electronically by Tuesday 25 January 2022 via the Queen's postgraduate admissions online application portal.
How to Apply
Please note that Steps 1 and 2 must be completed in full by Tuesday 25 January 2022.
Step 1 – Apply for Admission
- Applications for PhD admission must be made electronically by Tuesday 25 January 2022 via the Queen's postgraduate admissions online application portal . Late applications will not be accepted.
- Scanned copies of all academic transcripts and certificates (from Bachelor and Master degrees as applicable), as well as English language test results should be uploaded at the time of application.
- Any outstanding documentation must be submitted to Queen’s University by the deadline of Tuesday 25 January 2022, in order to be considered. Applicants should specify in their online application that they will be applying for the Queen's/CSC Joint Scholarship Scheme.
- It is recommended that applicants contact the relevant University School regarding a suitable research project and possible supervisor, preferably before submitting a PhD application.
Successful applicants will be issued with an offer letter confirming conditional or unconditional admission. An unconditional offer of admission will not be issued unless we have received all necessary documentation to support an application, including:
- Two academic references
- Scanned copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.
- English Language test certificate acceptable to the University.
Please note that upon fulfilling any outstanding requirements for admission to a PhD programme (for example, provision of a satisfactory Masters qualification result), students are normally expected to commence their PhD programme in October 2022.
Step 2 – Apply for Queen’s/CSC Funding
- Applicants must also submit an online Queen’s University Belfast/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2022 funding declaration form to the Admissions and Access Service, indicating their interest in being considered for a Scholarship.
- The deadline to submit the declaration form for CSC funding to Queen’s University Belfast (with all the necessary documentation) is Tuesday 25 January 2022. No late applications will be considered.
- Selection Process: After the deadline for the submission QUB-CSC applications (Tuesday 25 January 2022), the University selection panel will convene in February 2022 to review all applications and finalise nominations. A notification of nomination for a QUB-CSC joint award will be issued to successful applicants in early March 2022 (date to be confirmed). Those nominated for a QUB-CSC joint award will be required to reply to Queen’s University Belfast in March 2022 (date to be confirmed), advising if they wish to accept the nomination with a view to submitting an application to CSC. Following this, the final list of nominated candidates will be sent to the China Scholarship Council for consideration.
Step 3 – Apply to CSC
Applicants must submit a separate application to the CSC by its stated deadline, by following the local application procedures in China.
Applicants must also satisfy the selection criteria set out by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) by completing the CSC Application Form and CSC Employer Reference Form which can be found at http://www.csc.edu.cn/. Applications to CSC must be submitted online by the closing date which will be published on the official CSC website (estimated to be between late March and early April 2022). Prospective applicants should check the CSC website for full details.
Please note that all three of the above steps must be completed.