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City Graduate School

Doctoral Studentships

City, University of London

Investing in Academic Excellence

City, University of London's recent REF 2014 results show a marked increase in the quality of our research output, with over 75% of our submissions rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent. Our Schools aim to build on the success of City's 2014 REF and may offer studentships to a limited number of outstanding research students. To find out if you might be eligible, or if funding is available, please contact the School, Department or Research Centre in which you hope to study in order to discuss your research proposal and establish whether you can be supported.

Ten Doctoral Studentships

City, University of London

School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

Investing in Academic Excellence

Closing date: April 27th 2018

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London is offering ten full-time, three-year doctoral studentships for 2018/19 entry.  Applications are invited from exceptional UK, EU and international graduates wishing to pursue cutting-edge research in any of the School's key research areas.

The School is investing in academic excellence following its success in the REF 2014 which highlighted the world class quality of its research.

What is Offered

A doctoral studentship will provide:

  • An annual bursary (£16,000 in 2018/19)
  • A full tuition fee for UK and EU students. Applications from overseas applicants are welcome but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee.


The studentships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting edge-research.

  • Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree or merit level Masters degree in a relevant subject (or international equivalent)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent
  • Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London or any other academic institution.

How to Apply

Applications must consist of: a research degree application form, three page research proposal, proof of academic qualifications, proof of English language proficiency (if you do not speak English as your first language) and two confidential references (one of which must be an academic reference). Further details are available at

The above documents should be compiled into a single document and submitted to by April 27th 2018.

Applications are welcome from individuals wishing to pursue research in any of the areas listed below.  You are strongly encouraged to discuss your application in advance with a potential supervisor in the School.  As part of your career development, you will be expected to contribute up to a maximum of three hours of unpaid teaching/lab demonstration assistance each week.

Please follow the links to the School’s Research Centres to find out more.

Further Information:



City, University of London via SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership

City, University of London, and the South-East Network for Social Science invite applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD studentship awards within the following fields:

  • Business and Management
  • Economics

Why City?

As a research student at City, you will become part of an academic community that is committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions, passionate about maintaining international levels of research excellence and committed to providing extensive support for doctoral students. As a SeNSS student at City you will work within Cass Business school or the Department of Economics in the School of Social Sciences and Arts. You will have access to regular SeNSS pathway development events and seminars, and City researcher development courses.

What is SeNSS?

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. The SeNSS consortium is formed of 10 leading UK universities, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training. The SeNSS consortium members are: universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex, as well as City, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway from the University of London. As a SeNSS student you will have opportunities to access to training and development activities across the consortium.

What does SeNSS at City have to offer?

If you are successful in attracting a SeNSS studentship you will:

  • Have your fees paid and receive a stipend to cover your living expenses (subject to residential eligibility in the UK; EU residents will have only their fees paid; students from outside the EU are only eligible to apply for the Economics pathway).
  • Be eligible to apply for further financial support for training and research expenses, such as conference trips, overseas fieldwork, and learning a language or other skill integral to your research project.
  • Benefit from an inspiring research training environment that empowers you to develop your skills and knowledge and contribute to City's body of research Programme.
  • Benefit from City's location in central London  which puts you at the heart of business, finance, the creative industries, law and government.

How to apply?

If you wish to apply for a SeNSS studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at City, University of London.

For Business & Management:

For Economics:

Once you have made your application, you will be informed about the password to access the SeNSS application form.

SeNSS studentships are only open to UK and EU students who meet the RCUK residency requirements. International students may apply for the Economics pathway, but are not eligible for any other pathway.

Applicants are asked to read the criteria available here to check that you are eligible to apply. This is for current students only.

Application Guidance (October 2017)

Please note:

The deadline for applications to the City, University of London is midnight 21st January 2018.

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers' Studentship

Where eligible, PhD applicants to the department of Psychology may apply for the following fee-waiver studentship.

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers will fund one studentship in interdisciplinary psychology (e.g. autism and health; counselling and health; decision making and economics; memory and law; brain processes and cognition; nutrition and health behaviours; mathematical psychology) for up to a maximum of four years commencing 2018/19.

Criteria for the Studentship:

  • Academic excellence
  • Home student status (this criterion reflects historical under-recruitment from this demographic within the department)
  • Financial need
  • The recipient must be prepared to attend thank you events organised by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and City, University of London;
  • The recipient  must be prepared to submit an annual report to pre-agreed timescales detailing the progress of his/her work.

Details: £4,500 per annum for up to a maximum of four years offset against tuition fees.

Application Deadline: 14th May 2018.

Please follow the standard application procedure, but indicate near the top of the research proposal that you wish to be considered for this fee-waiver studentship, and include a paragraph that specifically addresses the criteria listed above.