Research course

Law

Institution
Open University · Open University Law School
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus 120 credits in research methods training or, ideally, a masters degree in Research Methods (MRes), which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Open University Law School is the largest provider of undergraduate law degrees within the United Kingdom.

Recent years have witnessed unprecedented growth within The Open University Law School – since 2012 we have more than doubled our central academic staff numbers.

Research is at the heart of our activities, underpinning all our teaching. It is also the case that our staff are increasingly in demand to talk about their research across the globe. In the last year Law School staff have given invited research papers around the world including in Australia, the United States and Mexico as well as across Europe and the United Kingdom.

We welcome PhD and MPhil proposals not just in those areas of specialism listed, but in all areas of law and legal education.

We hold regular research talks to which all staff and research students are invited.

Potential research projects

Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the areas given below.

We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications. Our research covers a wide range of areas but specialisms include:

  • Ethics
  • Human trafficking
  • Law and neuroscience
  • Law and religion
  • Legal Education.

Acceptance will depend on the quality of the application, prior academic achievement and the capacity of the Law School to supervise the proposed research.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Name
Debby Hing
Email
oubs-research@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655272