Normally a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.
Months of entry
The School of Law accepts candidates for research work leading to a PhD. The central feature of PhD work is the close relationship between the doctoral candidate and his or her supervisor, in which they meet regularly and consult closely. This relationship is supported and strengthened in various ways. Every doctoral candidate has an adjunct supervisor, another member of staff with a close interest in the candidate’s region and/or subfield of the discipline.
There is a research tutor with overall responsibility for doctoral candidates who is available for a discussion of general problems. In addition there are a number of other activities which contribute to a doctoral candidate’s work and training. All incoming MPhil/PhD candidates are required to take the School of Law’s Research Seminar Programme in their first year.
Doctoral candidates are encouraged to contribute to the research activities of the department. Several of them are active in the various Research Centres run in the School of Law and are encouraged to participate in conferences and other projects organised by the department. The School of Law hosts Reading Groups, which doctoral candidates are encouraged to participate in. Doctoral candidates are expected to participate in the School of Law PhD Colloquium which is held once a year. The colloquium gives doctoral candidates the opportunity to present their research and progress to colleagues and staff.
Many SOAS doctoral candidates spend some time doing field work in the regions of their research. The School, and other members of SOAS, through their various connections with individuals and institutions in the universities and governments of Asia and Africa, facilitate this work with personal contacts and introductions. The School’s language training facilities are also available to doctoral candidates to develop their facility in an appropriate language for research purposes.
Applicants must normally have an advanced degree equivalent in level and content to the School of Law’s LLM or MA.
Important notice: Doctoral students as of 2017/18 academic year will be required to completed Research Integrity Online Programme, as part of their upgrading requirement.
The School of Law strictly observes the application deadline of 30 June for entry in September of the same year. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for entry in the following academic year.
Comparative and International Law; Law and Development; Human Rights Law; Comparative Commercial Law; Environmental Law; Public and Private International Law; Dispute Resolution; Legal Anthropology.
Information for international students
For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website
Fees and funding
For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
Candidates are normally registered for an MPhil and convert to a PhD after successful completion of the first-year.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiries
- 020 7898 4700