Entry requirements

To register for a PhD you will normally be expected to hold a Masters award in a relevant area. To apply for a MPhil you will normally be required to have a first or second class honours degree. Should you be accepted for registration for an MPhil, you may be allowed to apply for and transfer to a PhD registration at a later date, subject to satisfactory research progress.

Months of entry

September, May, February

Course content

Our experienced academics in the School of Law, many of whom are engaged in internationally recognised research, will provide you with supervision as you pursue a research programme for the award of a PhD degree. Once enrolled, your appointed supervisors, supported by a Director of Research will help you prepare a proposal for registration, the next formal stage in the research programme. Once registered you will then undertake your research and write up your thesis. You may undertake research on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Why choose us?

  • We aim to enhance your academic and personal development and equip you with the skills and resources to undertake high-quality research.
  • You will join a thriving research community and be part of the Centre for American Legal Studies (CALS), one of the University’s research centres of excellence which promotes excellence in research, teaching and consultancy in American law and policy.
  • Research students, who have access to a dedicated research room, are encouraged to publish in collaboration with their supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

Department specialisms

American Criminal Justice System, Death Penalty Studies, US Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Environmental Law , Intellectual Property Law, Medical Law and Ethics, International Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, EU Competition Law, Corporate Insolvency, Corporate Accountability, Corporate Trusts, Pensions and Investment Regulations, Child Law, Corporate Crime, Criminal Justice Process, Jurisprudence of Natural Rights, Legal Theory and Ethics Employment Law and Labour Relations.

Information for international students

International applicants must satisfy the university's proficiency in English Language requirements, for example, IELTS Grade 6.0 in all bands or 6.5 average; TOEFL at least 575.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,115 per year
International students
£12,000 per year

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-60 months
part time
Up to 72 months


full time
36-60 months
part time
Up to 72 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595
+44 (0)121 331 7994