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Three fully-funded PhD studentships
Call open to all nationalities
Covers fees and a stipend for four years (£17,009 in 2019/20)
Application deadline: 15 July 2020
Start Date: January 2021

Why apply to the DAME Programme?

  • 4-year fully-funded PhD studentship
  • Extensive choice of projects, drawing on a supervisory team of over 30 academics
  • Access to cutting-edge facilities and expertise in media engineering
  • Comprehensive technical training through a personalised programme
  • Partnerships with the BBC

For more information on the DAME Programme structure click here.

Who should apply?

We are on the lookout for the best and brightest students interested in the broad topic of understanding audiences online. This covers several topics you can read about here. Successful applicants will have the following profile:

  • Hold or be completing a Masters degree at distinction or first class level, or equivalent, in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Psychology. In exceptional circumstances we accept applicants with a first class Bachelors degree who do not hold a Masters degree, provided that applicants can provide evidence of equivalent research experience, industry experience, or specialist training.
  • A passion for Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning, with a desire to apply their skills to better understanding online audiences.
  • Programming skills are strongly desirable; however we do not consider this to be an essential criterion if candidates have complementary strengths.

How to apply

Applicants can either submit their own project proposals for research that falls within the above remit, or apply for one of our targeted project descriptions. We encourage you to contact your chosen supervisor for an informal chat before applying – this will also help you to put together your research proposal. Note: submission of a research proposal is mandatory, irrespective if you are choosing a topic from the pool of suggested PhD topics or if you are proposing your own topic; applications without a research proposal will not be considered.

To apply, please follow the online process by selecting ‘Electronic Engineering’ in the ‘A-Z list of research opportunities’ and following the instructions on the right-hand side of the web page. You should state clearly that you are applying for the DAME studentship.

As part of your application, we require the following: 

  • Fully complete application form, transcripts of your previous degree(s), and a Curriculum Vitae PDF document. Overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries must include a proof of English language ability (see details on English requirements below).
  • A Statement of Research Interests. Your statement should be brief: no more than 750 words or one side of A4 paper (+ unlimited pages for references). Your statement should answer: (i) Why are you interested in the topic of your PhD proposal?  (ii) What relevant experience do you have?  and (iii) a description of the research you wish to undertake. You can either: (i) Select a PhD topic from the list of suggested titles; or (ii) Propose your own PhD topic that falls within the broad remit of DAME.  If you are applying for one of the specific project titles, we recommend you list up to three projects in prioritised order. You should describe only one topic in detail in your research proposal document. We encourage you to contact your chosen supervisor before applying – this will also help you to put together your research proposal.
  • A one page A4 Personal Statement – a PDF document in which you set out your previous academic or other experience relevant to your proposed research interests, why you wish to undertake this research at QMUL, and why you want to do the DAME PhD.
  • Two references are required – either two academic, or one academic and one work related reference. Your academic referee must be able to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience
  • The standard requirement for English is IELTS 6.5 overall or an equivalent certificate. More details about language requirements for postgraduate research students in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science can be found in the international students section. In addition, we would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper. More details can be found here.
  • You should clearly state that your are applying for the DAME studentship.