Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for the MPhil/PhD programme is an average of 70 per cent on the LLM or equivalent qualification. The requirement will be applied flexibly, in particular to candidates who have performed exceptionally well in a dissertation or who have an outstanding undergraduate qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

We are keen to encourage the development of research in socio-legal studies and invite applications for research in areas of staff interest and expertise. The PhDs in the Department have always been of high quality and many outstanding PhD theses have been published.

You will have research training through LSE's research methods courses run by the Methodology Institute, and at departmental level, through the Law Department research seminar. This consists of presentations concentrating on the methodological problems of legal and socio-legal research, by members of staff, visiting speakers and research students. You are expected to attend the seminar and give presentations on your work. Some students are given the opportunity to develop their CV by teaching undergraduates. Doctoral students are also invited to staff seminars and seminars given by other PhD students.

Department specialisms

Criminology; Environmental Law; International Law; EC Law; Commercial Law; Law and Social Theory; International Business Law; Law and Regulation; Financial Services Law; Public Law.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.5 or TOEFL 109.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613