You should have: a first or second class honours undergraduate degree and a masters degree in Law or a Law-related subject; and two personal references from academic referees confirming your suitability for the programme. You will also need to provide evidence of: relevant educational, professional and personal experience; your ability to meet the high intellectual and personal demands of the programme; and your potential to complete the programme within the designated time. We welcome applications from international students. If you hold a non-UK degree or legal professional qualification, see our guidance on equivalent qualifications. If you have any questions about your suitability or applying for this degree please don't hesitate to contact the course director, Dr Phil Harris.
Months of entry
Whether you are planning a career as an academic within the education sector, or as a professional researcher within the public or private sectors, the Kingston Law PhD will develop your research skills, help you make an original contribution to your chosen field of enquiry and enhance your professional credibility.
The programme is made up of individual supervision and as such can be extremely flexible to accommodate your needs.
As a PhD student within the Law School, you will be expected to attend the University's research training sessions and a series of in-house training seminars run by the Law School. The latter take the form of research 'masterclasses', where an experienced member of the Law School leads a session intended to reflect on different aspects of conducting research in law. You are also invited to attend the Law School research seminars arranged for members of the academic staff.
There is also a series of sessions on the Philosophy of Enquiry and a series of sessions on the Conduct of Enquiry. These non-compulsory modules, held with other PhD students and run by various members of the faculty, will help prepare you for your independent studies, and introduce you to the other students and staff in the department.
Kingston Law School is a small and very friendly faculty. There is a real community feel with other postgraduate students, and there will be opportunities to engage with many members of staff beyond your supervisor.
Information for international students
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications that can be considered. See www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/ for further details.
Fees and funding
For information on funding, please visit: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/law-phd-doctor-philosophy/fees-and-bursaries.html
Qualification and course duration
PhD by taught
Course contact details
- Jill Horgan
- +44 (0)20 8417 5815