Research course

Law

Institution
University of Birmingham · Birmingham Law School
Qualifications
PhDMJur by researchMPhil

Entry requirements

A first class or upper second class UK honours degree in law (or a subject related to the proposed area of research) or equivalent.

Months of entry

September

Course content

For over 80 years Birmingham Law School has made a major contribution to teaching and scholarship. Our academic staff are amongst the country's most eminent legal scholars and provide a supportive research culture that encourages and facilitates research activities.

As well as providing expert supervision from an experienced member of staff, the School cultivates a friendly and supportive environment for its community of research students. In 2012-13 there are more than 40 students engaged in research degrees in the School.

We regard postgraduate research students as playing an important part in maintaining and strengthening the research traditions of the School, and we are committed to increasing the number of such students and the range of the research which they are undertaking. It is not without significance that several members of the School’s academic staff were themselves postgraduate students here.

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed our excellent reputation for doctrinal, empirical and theoretical research, particularly in the fields of commercial law, criminal law, criminal justice, judicial administration, European law, public law, human rights, international law, private law, restitution, conflicts of law, international economic law, comparative law, health and social welfare, socio-legal studies and legal theory. Many of our research students have obtained academic careers in the top law schools in the country.

  • The PhD programme requires you to research and write a thesis of 80,000 words with supervision from academic staff, the work should make an original contribution to knowledge. Full-time students are expected to complete their work within three year
  • The MPhil programme requires you to research and write a 60,000-word thesis under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Full-time students are expected to complete their work within two years.
  • The MJur programme requires you to research and write a 40,000-word thesis under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Full-time students are expected to complete their work within one year.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Department specialisms

African Law, Civil and Criminal Law, Commercial Law, International Law, Common Law, Company Law, Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law; Administrative Law, Contract Law, Energy Law, Equity and Trusts, EU Law, Family Law, Medical Law; Bioethics, Torts, Tax, Legal Responses to Terrorism, Land Law, International Law, Human Rights.

Information for international students

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community on and off campus. Students also become part of a rich postgraduate environment through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
PhD/Mphil/MJur: £13,680 FT / PhD £6,840 PT (DL only)

Please visit:

www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
36-72 months

MJur by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate enquiry service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005