You will be expected to have a distinction on an LLM or equivalent qualification. In some circumstances the requirement will be applied flexibly, for example if an applicant has performed to distinction level in a dissertation or has an outstanding undergraduate qualification. In exceptional cases, vocational experience in the proposed area of research may compensate for the lack of a master's degree, or a grade below that specified above. For example, working as a magistrate, judge, lawyer or expert for a considerable period of time, such as five years, in the proposed area of research will be taken into account. A relevant undergraduate degree in Law or its relevant equivalent qualification is necessary in all cases.
Months of entry
The PhD in Law programme at Queen Mary is one of the largest in the UK, with more than 150 research students. As a PhD student at the School of Law, you will be part of a diverse and cosmopolitan research community, as students come to Queen Mary from all over the world.
PhD students are a vital part of our research culture and you will be invited to attend regular research seminars at which faculty members, visiting scholars and PhD students present their work in progress.
This programme will:
- Allow you to specialise in virtually any field of law you choose. All supervisors are qualified members of staff with their own major research projects and publications.
- Give you research training, through a series of seminars at which you will be required to present your work, and through a formal research methods training course run at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Participation in these courses is a compulsory part of the first year of research.
- Allow you to study additional courses which are provided by the college on different aspects of the PhD research process.
The normal period of registration for the PhD in Law is three years full-time and six years part-time. Full-time students must complete within four years and part-time students within six years. You will be required to live in or around the London area for the duration of your doctoral studies.
Supervision is available in virtually all fields of law. All supervisors are qualified members of staff with their own major research projects and publications. Search our academic staff list to find staff in your proposed field of research.
Research training is offered through a series of seminars at which you will be required to present your work, and through a formal research methods training course run at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Participation in these courses is a compulsory part of the first year of research. Additional courses are provided by the college on different aspects of the PhD research process.
Fees and funding
- The School of Law provides a number of Law PhD Studentships and Scholarships, awards full details are usually announced in September / October each year.
- Queen Mary funding information on funding a PhD
- Alternative sources of funding: Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study. Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF]. Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country
- Postgraduate Funding Opportunities.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Gareth Skehan
- +44 (0)20 7882 8214
- +44 (0)20 7882 8101