A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.
Economics has recently expanded within the School, appointing three new members of academic staff within the last 12 months with two more new appointments expected shortly.
The Economics research group covers a wide range of research interests. In particular, the economic theory group has interests in game theory, networks, mechanism design and growth.
Our Applied Economics group has interests in labour, regional, environmental and health economics and our Econometrics group has interests in theoretical and applied econometrics including panel data and financial econometrics. We also have interests in economic history and history of economic thought.
* Queen's University Management School has significantly raised its international profile and standing, and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95 per cent of its research was deemed as of an 'international standard', and 55 per cent of its research rated as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'.
* The School has also been placed in the Top 20 research-based management schools in the UK. The School continues to build on its reputation in research and the Doctoral Programme is a vital part of the School's strategy.
* Great effort is made to provide graduate students with the research competencies to undertake innovative and scholarly work in their chosen fields. Students are encouraged to participate actively in School and University seminar and training programmes and to attend conferences and participate in relevant external academic networks.
* In recent years there has been a steady increase in the number of students pursuing postgraduate research programmes, under the supervision of leading scholars, for MPhil or PhD degrees across the four subject areas: Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management.
* The mix of international students on our PhD programme is diverse: students currently on the programme are from Bangladesh, Ukraine, Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, China, Malaysia, Turkey, Pakistan, Germany, the USA, Egypt, Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
* At any one time we can have up to 60 students undertaking a PhD.
You may study for the degree of PhD on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisor appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration and you will not normally be allowed more than four years in which to submit your thesis. If you are a part-time student you must satisfy the University that you will be able to meet your supervisor regularly, typically at least once a semester. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of six years of part-time registration and you will not normally be allowed more than eight years in which to submit your thesis.
For both full-time and part-time students, time spent in the achievement of a Masters degree will not be counted as part of the specified period of enrolment as a PhD student.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Admission to a research degree (PhD/MPhil) normally requires at least a good second class Honours degree or an equivalent qualification. If you are not a graduate, you may still be admitted provided you hold a diploma or other qualification which the University deems to be the equivalent of a degree. After your initial registration, you will proceed to PhD study, pending successful completion of your School's differentiation process.
English Language requirements
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) requires universities to verify that non-EEA applicants have achieved a specified minimum level in English before we are permitted to issue the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. As part of this process, the University must see evidence (normally the result of a UKBA-approved Secure English Language Test) of an applicant's English Language competence in the four components of language learning ie listening, reading, speaking and writing. Alternative qualifications may be acceptable to meet the UKBA's English language requirements, for example a degree or equivalent qualification from an institution in a country which is deemed by the UKBA to be majority English-speaking.
EEA nationals, and non-EEA applicants who are nationals of a country deemed by the UKBA to be majority English-speaking, will not be required to submit further evidence of English Language for visa purposes, but may be asked for evidence of English competency to satisfy University course entry requirements.
For students whose native language is not English, the University and the School requires evidence of proficiency in English. Currently, proficiency is determined by whether or not the applicant holds an English language qualification as follows: IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0; TOEFL with a minimum score of 600 (paper) or 250 (computer)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.
The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
There are a number of Research Awards available for international applicants who wish to undertake full-time research at Queen's. Details can be found below however please be aware that closing dates apply.
Please check eligibility criteria for each award and note specific residency and citizenship criteria may apply. If you are successful for funding, awards may cover your tuition fees and make a contribution towards your maintenance.
University Studentships are available for application by all postgraduate research students from the UK, EU, ROI, Overseas. The award will cover the payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of £13,590 per annum (for 20011-12). Click on the title link above for further information.
Please be aware that Univeristy studentship allocation will not be announced until the end of January 2012
Research Funding Available for UK and EU Applicants
There are a number of Research Awards available for applicants from the UK or EU countries* who wish to undertake full-time research at Queen's. *Please check eligibility criteria for each award by clicking on the links below. If you are successful for funding, awards may cover your tuition fees and make a contribution towards your maintenance. For DEL and AHRC studentships please note that specific residency and citizenship criteria apply.
Depending on eligibility EU applicantsfor DEL and AHRC may be eligible for a Fees Only award (which covers tuition fees only) or a Full award which covers tuition fees and maintenance. A Fees Only DEL or AHRC Award may be available for those applicants who do not satisfy the criteria
The DEL and University Studentships rates have still to be confirmed for 2012-13 entry. For 2011/12 the maintnenace payment was £13,590 per annum (pa).
DEL Research Studentships
DEL Research Studentships are available for full-time PhD Study.
UK residents*: may be eligible for a Full award which covers tuition fees and maintenance.
EU residents*: may be eligible for a Fees only award which only covers tuition fees (there is no maintenance)
*NB there are also citizenship / nationality criteria applicable.
DEL CAST Studentships
DEL CAST awards are for specific research projects in collaboration with an industrial sponsor in the following Schools - School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences, School of Biological Sciences , School of Pharmacy , School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering , School of Planning, Architectures and Civil Engineering , School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science , School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Mathematics and Physics .
These studentships cover fees, maintenance allowance and may also include a contribution from an industrial collaborating body.
UK residents*: may be eligible for a Full award which covers tuition fees and maintenance.
EU residents*: may be eligible for a Fees only award which only covers tuition fees (there is no maintenance)*NB there are also citizenship / nationality criteria applicable.
University Studentships are available for application by all postgraduate research students whether home, EU or International.
This Studentship will cover the payment of full tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of £13,590 pa (2011-12 rate). Please click on the title link above for further guidelines.
Limited University Studentships for 2012-13 are now available. Please contact the appropriate School for further information.
2012-13 AHRC Competition now open
Students who want to apply for postgraduate research (PhD) or taught study (Masters) in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may apply via Queen's for AHRC funding. For details of the application process, including f urther details re areas, eligibility criteria etc please click on the link AHRC Studentships
Depending on eligibility EU applicants for AHRC may be eligible for a Fees Only award (which covers tuition fees only) or a Full award which covers tuition fees and maintenance. A Fees Only AHRC award may be available for those applicants who do not satisfy the criteria concerning three years residency in the UK.
Arts and Humanities Research Council Awards (AHRC) Other Scholarships Available - Sir Robert Hart, Musgrave, Larmor University, O'Reilly Studentships, Entente Cordiale Scolarships, DARD Awards and Travel Scholarships.
Other places to look for funding - directories and guides listing sources of funding includes: EGSA, Leverhulme, J Rowntree Foundation etc.
School Funding Opportunities at Queen's
Some Schools in Queen's may have studentships / bursaries available outside the centrally allocated awards. Applicants should ensure that they check the School websites for details of available School funding.
North-South Postgraduate Scholarships 2011-12
The scholarships are being offered by Universities Ireland, which promotes collaboration between universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and the Joint Business Council of the Confederation of British Industry (NI) and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, which promotes North-South business cooperation. For 2011-12 entry there will be four - six scholarships available.
These scholarships worth 15,000 (approx. Stg £12,500) each are available to students undertaking a recognised Master's or the first year of a PhD programme (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction. Dublin Institute of Technology is also a partner in this scheme.
Two - four of the scholarships will be in areas of study of particular relevance to business and industry, and will be co-sponsored by Universities Ireland and two - four individual companies in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Two scholarships will be in another area (particularly humanities and social sciences) and will be funded by Universities Ireland alone. These scholarships must be taken up for the academic year 2012-2013.
These scholarships are open to all students (regardless of their nationality or birthplace) currently registered at an Irish or Northern Irish University or Dublin Institute of Technology (or those who have graduated from such an institution within the past five years).
The scheme is also open to Irish or Northern Irish-born students currently registered at (or who have graduated, within the past five years from) a British University (ie a University in England, Scotland or Wales) who wish to relocate to the Irish jurisdiction they were not born in to undertake a Master's, or the first year of a PhD programme
The closing date for applications is Friday 25th May 2012 (5pm).