In order to be considered for a studentship, you must first meet the MPhil/PhD admission requirements, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for funding. Below you will find information about our PhD entry requirements, the application process, and a list of available studentships and funding arranged across the five disciplines in our School. It is possible to apply for a place to study towards a PhD at any time. However, please note that deadlines for funding competitions vary. We are delighted to receive applications from international/non-EEA students. The normal duration of the Doctoral programme is three years full time or six years part time.
MPhil/PhD Admission Requirements
The normal minimum requirement for admission to a research degree programme (MPhil/PhD) is an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
School selectors will also make an assessment of your research proposal. There are two possible routes to devising a suitable MPhil/PhD research proposal. The first is to develop your research proposal in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School before you apply; the second is to apply for an advertised staff-driven proposal. Potential supervisors are listed below and can also be found on our staff pages: You can also search the University's Find a PhD Supervisor database.
Please note that there are differences between entrance requirements for PhD study and requirements for funding, which are assessed separately.
How to Apply
Once you have identified a potential supervisor and completed your research proposal, you should submit your application to the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal ensuring you upload all relevant transcripts and final degree certificates (for completed qualifications).
Eligibility for funding
There is a residency requirement (UK, EU) for most funding schemes.
Further information on the range of Postgraduate funding and scholarship opportunities available at Queen’s University Belfast can be found here:
Funding for non-EEA/international students varies by country. Visit the University's main funding pages for international postgraduate research scholarships. Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must also satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements for English language for visa purposes. The eligibility criteria for funding is detailed in the individual studentships.
Studentship information by discipline: