Research course


Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants with a UK first or second class honours degree or a Master's degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) may be registered for a PhD. An applicant with certain alternative qualifications may be registered for the degree of PhD "subject to confirmation". Candidates not meeting the normal entrance requirements above may be considered for registration for the degree of MPhil. It is quite common for students to be registered initially for an MPhil and to then have their status as a PhD student confirmed after successful completion of the first year. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected.

MPhil; PhD.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Brunel Law School has earned an international reputation as a research-active law school and enjoys outstanding rates for graduate employment or continued study. Students and academics from all over the world are drawn to our School for our outstanding achievements in research. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014 ) we were ranked 14th in the UK for REF intensity in Law.

As a PhD student, you'll enjoy many benefits of being a part of our academic community. We offer a supportive environment and outstanding research resources. Every year, students take part in our PhD research conferences. For more information and to see our students discussing their experiences, please visit:

Students are at the heart of everything we do. Postgraduate students enjoy many benefits studying with us:

  • A vibrant, friendly academic community with students and staff from the UK and over 100 countries.
  • Compelling and challenging courses that draw continuing students, judges, solicitors, and other legal practitioners from the public and corporate sectors, government and ministry staff and practitioners involved in work with charities and NGOs.
  • Robust student support services including a dedicated law study skills tutor and free in-sessional English language support for international students.
  • A dedicated law library with access to online resources such as Hein onLine, Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.
  • Study in a London law school situated on a campus-based university featuring over 100 clubs and societies, some of the best sports facilities of any university in the city, and competitively priced, modern on-campus accommodation.
  • Participation in a network of leaders in industry and academia and our growing international alumni network.

Department specialisms

Public International Law; Human Rights; Intellectual Property; Family; Children; Youth Justice; Criminology; Consumer; Commercial; Competition; Sentencing; Punishment; Penology; Legal Theory and History; Feminist Theory; Trusts; Islamic; International Economic; Trade; Asylum; European Union; Environmental; Taxation; Constitutional; Administrative; Private Law Theory; Theory of Private Property; Restitution and Unjust Enrichment; Company; Corporate Governance.

Information for international students

Brunel offers outstanding support to international students and Brunel Law School attract students from over 100 countries. For more information, please contact our Brunel International office at

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 F/T £2,060 P/T
International students
£15,400 F/T £7,770 P/T

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator