Entry requirements

MPhil/MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD -first or second class honours degree from UK university, or equivalent overseas degree. PhD -Master's degree from UK university, or equivalent overseas Masters, in a subject appropriate to the proposed research. Applicants not holding these qualifications considered on their merits -professional experience, publications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Law School offers places to read for a postgraduate research degree only where it can provide full support to the student and the project. Supervision is the most important element of the programme. Considerable attention is paid to the formulation of a supervisory team that can deliver both subject expertise and research training and development. In addition, all students who do not already have the necessary qualification or its equivalent, take the Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods.

Department specialisms

Although we particularly encourage applications in the fields of environmental law (including European environmental policy), criminology, criminal justice, civil justice, health law and corporate law, we do also value applications to undertake research degrees in other fields.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in the written element, TOEFL 600, or computer-based TOEFL 250.

Fees and funding

The Law School occasionally advertises bursaries for research students and when these are available application details can be found in the relevant advertisements in the national press.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0)115 848 8123