Research course

Law Research

Institution
King's College London · Dickson Poon School of Law
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements:

  • A Master's degree with high Merit (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a related discipline, with strong evidence of research and writing ability. This will normally involve achieving a strong Merit in a dissertation component of the Master’s degree.
  • We usually also require a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent).

Candidates who do not meet these criteria will only be admitted if the prospective supervisor makes a case for admission based on the candidate's broader work experience.

Candidates should identify and approach their potential first supervisor before applying. Applications from candidates without a named, agreed supervisor from The Dickson Poon School of Law, may not be considered. An A-Z of academics is here.

Months of entry

January, September, October

Course content

The School’s vision for its research culture is to create a focal point for interdisciplinary, transnational legal research that encourages cross-fertilisation of ideas within existing areas of strength while incorporating a new global perspective. The School is one of a handful of Law Schools around the world pioneering a transnational approach. Our aim is to foster innovative research that yields new insights for global challenges relating to personal responsibility, health, wealth, justice, communication and governance.

King's is ranked first in the UK for research excellence in law. The Dickson Poon School of Law has the highest GPA across UK law schools, with the highest quality submission and the highest proportion of world-leading 4* research (Times Higher Education REF ranking 2014).

The Dickson Poon School of Law is home to over 90 doctoral researchers. Their projects cover a broad range of topics from intellectual property to information technology, from competition law to counter-rules, from global justice to gender equality. We offer two research degrees – the Masters of Philosophy in Law (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD).

For more information on recent publications and current research degree projects, visit the Research Portal.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English please visit our website.

Fees and funding

The Dickson Poon School of Law is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for postgraduate research students, to cover tuition fees and living costs. Full details and application deadlines can be found here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@kcl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 20 7848 7000