Research course


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

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Entry requirements

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, April, October

Course content

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.

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • · IELTS: 7.0 (min 6.0 in all areas)
  • · Pearson: 64 (min 59 in all subscores)
  • · BrunELT: 68% (min 58% in all areas)
  • · TOEFL: 98 (min 20 in all subscores)

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 full-time £2,203 part-time
International students
£17,875 full-time £8,935 part-time

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.

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265599