Research Degree Programme

The School 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. We have a strong track record of informing policy processes through our research and advisory work for government departments, public agencies and regional, national and international bodies.


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

Scholarships are available for this programme.

*MPhil

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

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

There are no scholarships available for this programme. 

LLM by Research

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

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

There are no scholarships available for this programme.

*Please note the MPhil does not provide an upgrade pathway to PhD. Students would need to apply for a PhD while undertaking the MPhil, or alternatively complete the MPhil (with viva) and then start a 3-year PhD in a new research project.


How to apply   Fees   Scholarships

photo of woman studying in libraryWhy choose to study a Research Degree?

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