Research Degree Programme

The School of Law is respected internationally for its legal, socio-legal and criminological research. Our academic staff carry out a wide range of research using a variety of methods. Their research outcomes include academic publications, workshops and conferences, material to better inform their teaching and a variety of wider impacts on society beyond the University. The School has a strong track record of informing policy processes through research and advisory work for government departments, public agencies and regional, national and international bodies.

Why choose to study a Research Degree?

  • A PhD is the foundation of a career in academia, and is also a significant advantage to your employability in other career paths where research skills are highly valued.
  • We have over 50 research students in the School, and now achieve a 100% success rate for PhD completions within the 4-year limit required by the UK Research Councils.
  • We pride ourselves in the support and guidance we offer our research students. Students are usually allocated two supervisors with appropriate subject knowledge and research experience, who they meet with regularly.
  • There is further support available from the  Director of Postgraduate Research and our dedicated Research Support Office team.
  • Research students in the School can look forward to having access to their own research study space, including workstations, printer access and secure storage, and there are various other shared facilities available more widely in the Faculty and the University.
  • Our research students are a vital part of the School's wider research community, but also form a close community of their own. All research students belong to one or more of the School's research clusters, and are encouraged to take an active part in cluster activities - these include a variety of seminars, workshops and conferences.

Programme Structure

PhD

Normal duration: 3 years full time or 6 years part time

Maximum duration: 4 years full time or 8 years part time

MPhil

Normal duration: 2 years full time or 4 years part time

Maximum duration: 3 years full time or 6 years part time

LLM by Research

(NB 2016-2017 programme under development)

Normal duration: 2 years full time or 4 years part time

Maximum duration: 2 years full time or 4 years part time

2016-2017 Fees*

Home/EU fee: £4,120 per annum for 3 years

International fee: £15,250 per annum for 3 years

Continuation fee: £408. If you choose to continue your studies after year 3 this is the continuation fee

2016 -2017 Fees*

Home/EU fee: £4,120 per annum for 2 years

International fee: £15,250 per annum for 2 years

Continuation fee: £408. If you choose to continue your studies after year 2 there is the continuation fee

2016 - 2017 Fees*

Home/EU fee: £4,120 per annum

International fee: £15,250 per annum

Continuation fee: £408. If you choose to continue your studies after year 1 there is the continuation fee

There are no scholarships available for this programme

There are no scholarships available for this programme

*Fees for future years of entry have not been set, but are likely to increase. You may incur additional fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here for more information. 
The example programme structures listed above may be subject to change in future years. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.