Taught course


Kingston University · Kingston Law School
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

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


Course content

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.

  • Flexible course allows you to study full time or part time.
  • Students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's law courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.
  • Access to an expert academic supervisory team, as well as training and teaching opportunities.
  • Present your PhD research to (and receive feedback from) the entire Department of Law as you develop your ideas.
  • The Department of Law's expert academic team includes National Teaching Award winners and Fellows from the Higher Education Academy, as well as lecturing staff who combine teaching with legal practice.
  • Kingston upon Thames has been rated London's happiest borough and has the lowest crime rate in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre.

You will research a topic of your choice in great depth. We particularly invite applications in the areas of:

  • legal history;
  • criminal justice;
  • public administration;
  • employment law; and
  • jurisprudence/law and social theory.

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. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

08448 544972