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Take your academic studies to the next level with a fully funded PhD studentship from QMU in 2024!

Take your academic studies to the next level with a fully funded PhD studentship from QMU in 2024!

Each year Queen Margaret University invites applications from individuals with a strong academic record for funded QMU PhD studentships.

We will start accepting applications for our 2024 Bursary's starting in September 2024 on Friday the 19th January 2024. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st March 2024.

Externally funded opportunities may be available out with these timescales and will be advertised accordingly.

We welcome self-funded applications all year round.


The QMU funded PhD studentships for September 2024 intake will be allocated to the advertised research topics found here.

What does the bursary cover:

Successful candidates commencing study in September 2024 will receive:

  • a full waiver of tuition fees;
  • an annual stipend of £18,662 lasting 3 years for full-time study; and
  • a research budget of £2,000 to cover project expenses and travel.

Please note that topics fully or partially funded by external partners may have different conditions attached, and these will be specified within the documentation.

Who can apply:

PhD studentships can only be awarded for candidates willing to undertake research in specific topics as determined by the University and or funding partners. No scholarships are available for other research projects.

To be eligible for a bursary, the following criteria must apply:

  • the applicant meets the standard entry criteria for the QMU PhD Programme;
  • the research proposal is in one of the topic areas specified;
  • applicants will be expected to study on a full-time basis, and the successful candidates must be willing to be resident within reach of Edinburgh (applications for distance-learning study will not be accepted); and
  • applicants must be willing to study for a full PhD, not an MPhil.

Successful candidates are likely to have a good qualification in the relevant topic: either a first class Honours degree or a Masters. Dedication, enthusiasm and strong communication skills in both written and spoken English are essential. A valid IELTS certificate is required if English is not your first language and you have not completed a Masters degree from a UK institution or international institution where the course was delivered and assessed in English, within the last five years. Applicants may come from the UK or any other country. Where applicable, international applicants must be able to meet the UKVI requirements to be granted a Student visa.

How to apply:

Full information on the application process for the PhD Bursary Competition and self-funded applications can be found on the QMU website.


Two academic references are required.

Referees must provide your reference in the form of a formal letter on headed paper. The reference must be dated and signed (and ideally stamped). Please note that we may contact your referee to verify the reference letter prior to it being accepted.

Referee contact details should include a professional email account. Please do not provide personal email addresses for referees (such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo), as these will not be accepted.

Contact Us:

For further information regarding the PhD Programme please contact the Graduate School Team at

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