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.
This research cluster focuses on how the Earth's environments have changed, or are changing, over a range of timescales. We aim to maximise intellectual excellence in our research by building on strong bio-ecological, geomorphological and chronological traditions in Late-Quaternary, Holocene and contemporary studies and we welcome postgraduate interest in the following areas where cluster members have international reputations:
At Queen's, palaeoecology complements archaeology by reconstructing the past Quaternary environments in which humans and their societies evolved, and by assessing the impact of human activities on the natural environment. In this latter area, we work closely with the Past Cultural Change cluster (see Archaeology: Past Cultural Change). Both clusters were awarded a top 10 grading in the 2008 RAE.
Additionally, the Palaeoecology Centre was awarded the UK Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2000, and in 2003 the group was awarded £6.2m to set up the Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology (14CHRONO) funding the establishment of an AMS radiocarbon dating laboratory (only the third such facility in the UK and the first in Ireland) and new research on radiocarbon, dendrochronology, tephrochronology, statistical methods of chronology construction, stable isotope analysis and palaeoecological and environmental change.
The cluster includes the largest centre in the UK for researching stone decay in natural and built environments, centred around purpose-built laboratories for experimental weathering studies, environmental simulation and the analysis and digital documentation of geomaterials. This work is carried out in close collaboration with industry and, in particular, those with a duty of care for natural and built heritage. The group have received substantial Research Council and EU support in recent years including funding for knowledge transfer, for which it received a UK Knowledge Transfer Award, and the commercialisation of survey and monitoring technologies. This is a core element in the School's Heritage Science Masters programme and staff are actively involved in heritage conservation with organisations such as IUCN, UNESCO, ICOMOS and the National Trust.
Staff maintain excellent performance at international level through collaboration with institutions in China, the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, East and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the Middle East, and staff and students are recognised internationally for their work and regularly present their findings at scientific meetings.
Our work is highly regarded in the worlds of commerce, industry and the public sector and many of our staff have contacts in organisations such as DEFRA, English Heritage, English Nature, Geological Survey, UNESCO and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. We encourage staff to act as consultants to these bodies to show an esteemed connection between research and application. This is critical in an era when national strategies are increasingly concerned with adaptation to climate and sea-level change.
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.
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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.
Home/EU £3828; Overseas £11266
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
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.
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.
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).
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