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 a number of research themes, both historical and contemporary, on the relationships between human society, spatiality and culture.
In order to advance its agenda, the cluster has developed a series of themes to which its members in various combinations contribute and which focus their research endeavours.
Besides the use of GIS, Grid computing, e-Research and e-Science methodologies are also employed. Those associated with the Knowledge, Space and the Cultures of Science theme are currently working on:
A substantial proportion of research on the Spatial Analysis of Societies focuses on census analysis, including both Northern Ireland and India.
Research on travel-to-work, employability, youth labour markets and the use of geographically-weighted approaches to the analysis of commuting is being carried out, as well as segregation analysis and the study of borders and external migration.
Alongside this quantitative emphasis is a set of investigations into the geography of islands and insularity. Research on the historical geographies of Past Economies and Landscapes includes work on the medieval period and on early modern and modern Ireland.
The medieval focus consists of quantitative spatial analyses of medieval socio-economic data and qualitative cultural analyses of landscapes, geographical knowledge and maps of the Middle Ages.
The Knowledge, Space and Culture Unit was graded 5* in the last RAE assessment. The aim of this cluster is to build on these strengths so that Human Geography at Queen's will occupy a prominent and identifiable position on the research map of the discipline.
The cluster is part of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, which is an integrated, multidisciplinary School, where the different subject elements combine to form unique research clusters.
At present there are five related strands of inquiry. Staff working on temporal GIS have succeeded in building at Queen's the first major national historical GIS. Methodologies for handling demographic data in time and space have been developed which are being taken up elsewhere.
Students may also be interested in the School's Past Cultural Change research programme, see: Archaeology: Past Cultural 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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