The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Excellence in research matters to us at the Brunel Law School, and we have a long-established reputation as a research-led law school. A PhD is more than just studying. It allows you to develop rare expertise in your chosen legal specialism, and to refine your research skills and abilities in preparation for the next step in your career.
Our research activity embraces doctrinal, theoretical, critical, contextual and comparative approaches to the study of law. It reaches from the local to the global, addressing important challenges in domestic law as well as universal legal, economic, and social issues.
All our academic staff engage in, produce and disseminate leading research in their areas of study.
The numbers of our staff who have been submitted for research quality assessment has risen rapidly in recent years. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), we submitted 19 staff members, growing to 29 staff in 2008, and 33 in Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Since the start of 2014, our staff have already produced more than 70 outputs.
The impact of our diversity within the Brunel Law School is evident in the breadth of our research activity which can be divided into public and private law. We are particularly committed in assisting the development of high quality early career researchers for the legal academy and for the profession. We have, over the past years produced several new scholars from our PhD candidates who, upon completion, have taken up full-time academic positions at Brunel, Reading, Sussex, East Anglia, Buckingham, and in India, the UAE, and Thailand, to mention a few.
Our academics within the Brunel Law School contribute significantly to creative thinking in the development of law and public policy. This is demonstrated through our regular scholarly engagement with and influence on the work of international organisations, parliaments and other institutional actors.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Fees and funding
We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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