Application process

We admit students to our doctoral programme twice a year, in September and February, with applications received by the dates below:

Start date:Application by:
1st September1st May
1st February1st November

Your application will be considered by the Research Committee, which meets twice a term. If we consider the application has merit, you will be interviewed either in person at Queen’s or via Skype, in order to determine your suitability as a researcher.

Before offering you a place at Queen’s, we must ascertain that the requisite supervisory expertise exists at Queen’s and VU Amsterdam. Once we have a reasonable degree of confidence in this, and in your proposal, you will be offered a place as a postgraduate researcher at Queen’s for up to 12 months. During this time, an adviser will be appointed to work with you to develop your proposal and the required Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) to the point where it can go to the Professors’ Meeting at VU Amsterdam. The TSP consists of various required training elements to be completed throughout the duration of your research.

Once your proposal is accepted at VU Amsterdam, you become a PhD student of the University and a full supervisory team is appointed (consisting of supervisors from Queen’s and VU Amsterdam) to guide you through the research. For further information about admissions for Research students please see click here.

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