Research course


Open University · Open University Law School

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


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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Claire Wylde

          +44 (0)1908 332311