Research course

Law (Research)

De Montfort University · Leicester De Montfort Law School

Entry requirements

MPhil - Applicants normally have at least an upper second class honours degree from a British university. PhD - In addition to the above, PHD applicants normally have a UK masters degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, awarded within the last 5 years prior to application, including a component dealing with research methods. For both qualifications an equivalent academic or professional qualification, including international qualifications, may be acceptable. If English is not your first language you will be required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent) prior to entry onto the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Law has been committed to sustaining high quality legal research since it was established in 1987. The School's commitment to the research ethos is manifest by the quality of its outputs. The research profile of academic staff in the Leicester De Montfort Law School has grown over the past 20 years to its current high level. Research activity has become increasingly embedded in School activities. Our research ethos is evidenced by the increasing volume and quality of publications in leading journals and also by a pro-active approach to the development of our research infrastructure.

Department specialisms

Administrative Law; Commercial Law; Company Law; Criminal Justice; Criminal Law; Legal Ethics; Medical Ethics; Medical Law; Socio-Legal Studies; Sports Law.

Information for international students

Our Centre for English Language Learning offers free pre-sessional English language courses for international students and ongoing support throughout your studies. We are one of 44 HE institutions in the UK accredited by the British Council. In the ISB, our English language support also received high rankings by international students.

Fees and funding

De Montfort University do not currently have scholarships available, but we are happy to consider self funded applicants for a research degree.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 48 months
full time
12 - 24 months


part time
36 - 72 months
full time
24 - 36 months

Course contact details

Paula Brennan
0116 250 6332