All applicants to one of our postgraduate funding programmes should follow the simple steps below.
Identify a potential supervisor
Before making a formal application to one of the PhD programmes on offer, you should discuss your ideas with a potential supervisor within the School.
Develop your research proposal
Your research proposal (c.1500-2000 words) is an important element of the our decision-making process. You should work closely with your potential supervisor to develop this. Further advice is available here.
Gather the necessary documents
Your application will need to be supported by a number of other documents. Before applying online, make sure you have collected everything required of you including two academic references.
Complete the online application form
All applications are submitted online to the Admissions and Recruitment Office at QMUL in the first instance. Applicants to the LISS-DTP or the London NERC DTP must also complete a separate application form. These should be submitted at the same time as your QMUL application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who should I first make contact with at the School?
I don’t have a first degree in Geography. Can I still apply?
I don’t have a 1st Class Degree or the international equivalent. Is it worth my while applying?
Will I be able to get funding for my PhD?
When does your PhD programme start?
Is it possible to study part-time?
What is a Research Proposal?
Do I have to send two academic references?
Are applicants to the School’s PhD programme interviewed?
What if I have questions not answered in the FAQs?
Visiting and associate students application procedure
We welcome expressions of interest from PhD students at other institutions who wish to spend a period of study at Queen Mary. Visiting PhD students are welcome to join our research activities, including School Research Seminars, Research Frameworks and Physical Geography Group Meetings.
We invite potential applicants to make contact with a member of staff who could act as mentor during their stay in the School of Geography. Staff research interests can be found here
Once mentoring arrangements have been put in place, students should formally submit an application to QMUL Admissions using the application form [DOC 80KB]. Acceptance of this will recognise the visitor as a student at QMUL and will provide Library, building and network access. The School of Geography will offer shared desk space in a dedicated computer room.
Visiting PhD students will normally be charged a bench fee of £500 per semester (or for an equivalent 3 month period). This is payable prior to completing enrolment.