Taught course


University of Derby · College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
PhD by taughtMPhil

Entry requirements

- You will normally hold a first or second class honours degree, an equivalent qualification or relevant experience. - If your first language is not English we must be satisfied that you have the necessary command of the language to undertake the research investigation. We will require IELTS 7.0, unless you can demonstrate an adequate command of English through the recent successful completion of an award bearing programme from a UK university. If you are an overseas applicant you may be required to complete a course in English as a Foreign Language before being enrolled as a research student.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry

January, October, May

Course content

Why choose this course

- With an MPhil or PhD you'll be able to start your academic career in a university with either a research or teaching focus.
- You can enter legal practice and establish yourself as an expert in areas of practical significance.
- You'll be supported and supervised throughout by our team of experts.
- Many members of our Research Group have editorial positions on sector journals and present their findings at conferences both in the UK and internationally.
- You'll study alongside research students from many countries.
- We have unique legal facilities including a virtual court room, Crown Court and interview suites, and we subscribe to the leading online legal resources including WestLaw, LexisNexis and HeinOnline amongst others.
- Study full time or part time.

Research is an important component of academic life. It plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues.

Our research combines the best of both worlds by having strong connections with the Derbyshire region and active international links. The work - only some of which is highlighted here - often contributes directly, not only to the development and well-being of the region, but also to the body of knowledge in the scientific community at large.

Current research projects include:

- Improving the efficiency and fairness of criminal interviews
- A world view of law and legal systems
- Creating a world privacy principle
- The United Nations convention on contracts for the international sale of goods
- Intellectual property rights and the harmonisation of law and protection within Middle Eastern and North African countries
- Fraud in documentary credits within international transactions
- Electronic contracting: comparison of Jordanian with EU law
- Rights in personal privacy in the context of e-governance by UK public authorities.
- These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.

There are three routes to a higher degree:

This is designed for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.

New Route PhD
The route is for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience in their preparations for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.

Traditional Route PhD
This route entails a programme of research which normally takes three years of full time study. You can choose to take it part time over a period of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

full time
36-60 months
part time
72-96 months


part time
48-72 months
full time
24-48 months

Course contact details

College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0) 1332 591 896