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Self-funding a PhD at the School of Business and Management

The School of Business and Management accepts applications from candidates intending to self-fund their PhD studies. Students whose fees are not paid directly to the university via a third party organisation are classed as self-funded.

It should be noted that a high proportion of UK based postgraduate research (PhD) students are at least partially funded because the three to four year commitment can often not be made without supporting funding.

If you intend to fund yourself through your PhD studies, you will need to demonstrate that you fully understand the nature and size of the commitment you are undertaking. We will ask you to produce a realistic 3 year funding plan where you will need to provide details of funding sources (e.g. parents, partner, savings, etc).

In addition to fees, it is estimated that a London based full-time PhD student will need a minimum of £12,000 per year for living costs (depending on lifestyle). It should be noted that the School of Business and Management does not allow full-time PhD students to do paid work of more than 6 hours per week.

You may also be considering studying for a PhD part-time. Even with part-time study, it is equally important to recognise the commitment you are making in both money and time and to decide before you start whether you are able to make and sustain that commitment over a long period, usually 5-6 years. Otherwise you risk paying for a number of years part-time and then withdrawing from your studies. In the UK, there are many part-time PhD students, but there is some evidence that self-funded part-time students are less likely to complete their PhDs.


Life Sciences Initiative PhD Studentship 2015 Entry

“Accelerating translational research in Primary care: An East London study and beyond”

The School of Business and Management (SBM) is seeking a well-qualified applicant to undertake a PhD relating to a cross-faculty collaborative project with the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) entitled “Accelerating translational research in Primary care: An East London study and beyond”. Applications are invited for this three-year PhD Scholarship commencing on September 2015.

This PhD studentship will be supervised by Dr Manuela Perrotta and Professor Maxine Robertson (SBM), and Dr David Collier (WHRI). It will examine the key factors and processes that promote patient and clinician engagement and enrolment in both commercial and non-commercial clinical trials aimed at better understanding the development of effective primary care preventative medicine interventions and improve the public health in East London and beyond both theoretically/conceptually and pragmatically.

The award
This studentship is part of 5 individual studentships being advertised and funded by the Life Sciences Institute at QMUL. LSI Studentships are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK and EU only. The Studentship is for full-time study and consists of the full cost of fees and £15,786 a year for maintenance for 3 years. The School also provides all students with a £1000 research allowance for conference attendance and other research related expenses. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the 3 year period of the studentship.

Candidate profile
To apply you will normally have a first degree with first class honours (or equivalent) and a Master's degree at distinction level, in one of the following fields: business/management, sociology, anthropology, public health or a discipline specifically related to the research topic. Research experience in a relevant area would be advantageous and experience of a range of qualitative research methods is desirable. Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7 at the time of application.

All applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; and compatibility with the theme of the studentship.

How to apply
For an informal discussion please contact Dr Manuela Perrotta ( or Professor Maxine Robertson ( For further details and how to apply visit: and see the School’s web pages:

General enquiries should be addressed to the PhD Administrator, Monira Begum (

Application deadline
The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 March 2015. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed shortly after the closing date (either face-to-face or by telephone).

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