Research course


Cardiff University · Cardiff Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Law (2:1 or equivalent). Those whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 7.0 in IELTS (with no less than 6.5 in the writing element).

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Cardiff Law School offers opportunities for both full and part-time study leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD. The School has four main research cluster groups: Medicine, Healthcare and Society; Governance and Constitutionalism; Procedural Justice; and Regulation of Commercial Activity. These groups reflect our key strengths and provide a supportive community for fostering intellectual and scholarly endeavour among staff and research students. Cardiff Law School is a recognised leader in legal scholarship in the United Kingdom, and its size enables it to sustain a vibrant research culture.

Special Features
  • Each full-time research student is allocated office space in the School’s own Graduate Centre.
  • Research students are entitled to financial support for travel or research related to their approved subject (e.g. attending a conference or visiting a specialist library) for every year of their supervision.
  • Students may be offered the opportunity to undertake part-time teaching on the undergraduate programmes.
  • The School encourages individual diversity and promotes innovation in research.

Details of research areas, full entry requirements and fees can be found on our website:

Information for international students

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

MPhil/PhD Enquiries, Cardiff Law School
+44 (0)2920 874 351