Research course


Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good first or second class honours degree in Law or a cognate subject (for instance, Criminology, Sociology). Applicants must submit a 3,000 word essay demonstrating their academic ability, together with 2 academic references. Professional qualifications and experience may be deemed acceptable.

Months of entry

January, October, September

Course content

Professional research training through devising and implementing a research project, undertaking formal and informal training in subject-specific and transferable skills, and professional development activities.

Law: 26% of all research submitted was judged as world-leading, placing us within the top 22 Law School for world-leading research (65% world-leading or internationally excellent) and 53% of our submitted impact work was assessed as world-leading, bringing us in the Top 15 for world-leading impact work. The Times Higher Education places us in the top third for research intensity.

Department specialisms

Gender, Sexuality and Law; Child and Family Law; Professional and Commercial Law; Public Law; Law and Popular Culture; Criminal Law and Punishment; Health Care Law; Professional Negligence; Legal History

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Information for international students

English Language proficiency required IELTS 7. Keele has research students from over 50 different countries. We offer a safe green campus environment, Support specifically for international students includes an International Students Support Officer and free English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All sponsorship opportunities are listed on website at Prospective applicants are advised to look regularly to see if there are any opportunities available in your field.
Key sponsors: AHRC and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, ESRC for Socio-Legal Studies

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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