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 Masters 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, April
Manchester's School of Law combines a commitment to research excellence with a focus on the intellectual and pastoral development of its students. The School has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, accommodating scholars from a range of different disciplines (law, sociology, criminology, bioethics, philosophy, politics, economics). The School is proud to host a number of research centres that support the research aspirations of staff and graduate research students. These include the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, the Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Manchester Centre for Regulation and Governance and the Manchester International Law Centre. The School is proud to be a member of the Economic and Social Research Council doctoral training centre and approved by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to award funded studentships.
Our research students are provided with extensive research support and training by the School and by the Faculty of Humanities. In addition, research students are provided with two academic supervisors to, as well as an adviser to provide pastoral support.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English are required to hold a minimum overall score of 7 in the IELTS test with 7 in writing and no subsection below 6.5, or an equivalent score in the IBT- TOEFL, PEARSON, or Cambridge CAE.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country . Please note, these are MINIMUM entry requirements.
Fees and funding
Self-funded graduates of the Manchester Law School, who have applied within 3 years of graduation, will receive a loyalty discount of 20% on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.
Various funding opportunities are available to students applying for the three year PhD degree course. In addition to submitting the relevant scholarship application(s), applicants must submit the PhD application (deadlines apply). Please visit the School of Law website for terms and conditions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership in the School of Law 2018-19
- Research Impact Scholarships in the School of Law 2017-18 - 2018-19 details tbc
- EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships in the School of Law 2018-19
- China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship for PhD Study in the School of Law 2018-19
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards 2018/19 - School of Law
- School of Law Scholarships 2017/18 - 2018-19 details tbc
- School of Law bursary scheme
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Law
- + 44 (0)161 306 1279
- +44 (0)161 275 4724