Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Law

Entry requirements

Normally a good Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline is required. A postgraduate degree with merit is required for direct entry to the PhD, research training at postgraduate level is also required. The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on the School's website.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The Manchester Law School is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the UK and has considerable strengths in all of the major areas of teaching and research including private law and public law, EU law and international law, company and commercial law, intellectual property law and employment law, and law and economics. The interdisciplinary strengths of the Law School are enhanced by the presence within it of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP), which conducts cutting edge medical ethical research, and the Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice, with teaching and research offered by recognised experts in these fields.

Law at Manchester has a reputation for consistent excellence in research. Our students have access to one of the best Law libraries in the country, a wide variety of web-based resources and the School's active seminar programmes. All research students are required to undergo formal training in research methods, which is provided by the School and by The Faculty of Humanities.

Department specialisms

Legal Method/Thought; Public Law; Criminal Law/Justice; Obligations; Property/Intellectual Property; Gender/Family Law; Health Care Law/Ethics; European/International Law; Business/Commercial Law; Regulation

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English need: IELTS 7.0 )minimum writing score 7), or TOEFL 625 paper based (minimum score on Test of Written English of 5.0) or 263 computer based, or Cambridge Proficiency Certificate, Grade C. Pre-sessional English Language courses at the University are also recommended.

Fees and funding

ESRC 1+3 and 3 year AHRC Studentships are available. School of Law Scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships are also advertised annually. Please see website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Admissions Secretary
+44 (0) 161 306 1279
+44 (0) 161 275 4724