Research course


Newcastle University · Newcastle Law School
PhDLLM by researchMPhil

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and/or a master's degree, or international equivalent, in law or a related subject.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our Law LLM, MPhil and PhD are courses of independent research under supervision. You work on a thesis leading to the completion of an original piece of research. The thesis should present a coherent argument and advance knowledge and understanding in your chosen field.

We offer intensive subject-specific supervision, training in legal research methodologies and core skills, and opportunities to participate in research seminars and an annual postgraduate conference.

This programme offers you the opportunity to study in one of the oldest established law schools in the country: Newcastle Law School. We provide a stimulating international academic environment that brings together staff and students from a variety of backgrounds.

The School is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and all postgraduate research (PGR) students are members of the HASS Graduate School. The Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

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Department specialisms

Banking and financial market regulation; Charity law; Civil Law legal systems ; Commercial law; Company law; Comparative law; Comparative private law; Competition/antitrust law (UK, EC, US but also comparative); Corporate finance; Criminal law and criminal justice Criminology; Environmental law (all aspects including UK, European and international); Equity and trusts; EU law (all aspects); Evidence; Family law; Feminist legal theory; Financial law and banking regulation; Human rights (international, European and domestic ); Intellectual property Law; International criminal law; International refugee Law International trade regulation; Islamic banking and finance; Jury trial Land law (including squatters' rights); Law and gender; Law and globalisation; Law and literature; Law and society; Law of obligations and contract law; Legal education; Legal history ; Legal reasoning; Legal theory; Legal translation; Medical law; Mergers & acquisitions; Planning law; Property law; Property theory; Public international law; Public law; Public procurement law; Regulation of monopolies and cartels Regulation of the voluntary and community sector; Regulatory theory; Sexual violence and the Law; Socio-legal theory and interdisciplinary studies of law; Succession; Tort law; Transitional justice; Youth justice

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

LLM by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Gemma Hayton, Admissions Secretary, Newcastle Law School
+44 (0) 191 208 8736