Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Law

Entry requirements

For PhD programmes, the minimum entry requirements are an Upper Second Class Honours degree with minimum grade averages of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a master's degree at Merit level with overall average marks of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, plus prior research training at postgraduate level.

The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on our postgraduate research application page.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Research is central to the work of the School of Law. Our diverse, intellectual community brings together legal and socio-legal scholars, criminologists, ethicists, economists and sociologists who undertake doctrinal and empirical research, resulting in the production of a wide range of scholarly and policy-oriented publications.

Our research shapes law, policy and social change through active engagement with policy-makers, legislators, NGOs and activists working in a broad range of disciplines and sectors. We invite you to explore our research themes, through which we encourage collaboration and debate within the School and beyond. Our research degrees involve sustained, in-depth study into a specific topic, which is then written up as a thesis for examination.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Further details of qualification

M.Phil students may submit their research for this degree and begin a new project for PhD or, continue with the same research for the PhD

Course contact details

School of Law
+ 44 (0)161 306 1279