Research course


UCL - University College London · Faculty of Laws

Entry requirements

A minimum of a good upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. We have a strong preference for a recognised LLM or equivalent Master's degree and would normally expect a distinction overall, with evidence of first-class ability (or equivalent) in extended written work/dissertation.

Months of entry


Course content

UCL Laws has a truly remarkable research community, demonstrated by the talent and achievement of its students, faculty, and alumni. We are deeply committed to the quality and relevance of the graduate education we offer and our MPhil/PhD candidates will be working with academics at the leading edge of modern legal research.

At UCL Laws we are committed to taking fewer than 12 new MPhil/PhD students each year. This allows us to concentrate our resources and enhance the opportunities we can provide and helps foster a cohesive and supportive community of research students. We typically provide full scholarships for four students each year. We work continuously to provide better shared office space for our research students. All students benefit from a year-long research methodology seminar series in their first year and will join a vibrant and active MPhil/PhD student community which, for example, runs its own weekly seminar series in term.

Department specialisms

Antitrust, Regulation and Competition Law Comparative and Foreign Law Contract, Restitution and Tort Corporate, Finance and Insolvency Criminal Justice Empirical Legal Studies Environmental Law European Law Family Law and Bioethics Human Rights, Employment and Equality Law Intellectual Property International Business, Insurance and Trade International Commercial Law Judicial Studies Jurisprudence and Legal Theory Law and Economics Law and Ethics Law and Religion Law of the Sea Legal Education Legal History and Roman History Litigation and Dispute Resolution Medical Law Property and Trusts Public, Admin and Constitutional Public International Law Much research is undertaken under the auspices of the following research institutes and centres based in the faculty, in whose activities research students are encouraged to participate: UCL Judicial Institute Centre for Ethics and Law Centre for International Courts and Tribunals Institute of Brand and Innovation Law The Bentham Institute.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Four Faculty of Laws Research Studentships are offered covering tuition fees and stipend at RCUK level and the Joseph Hume Scholarship. The faculty may also offer other studentships from time to time. Additionally, UK/EU applicants may be eligible to apply for Research Council Studentships (AHRC, ESRC).
Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

PhD Law Faculty Office
+44 (0)20 7679 1426
020 7679 3001