Entry requirements

Applicants for research programmes should normally hold, or be expecting to hold, a Masters degree in law and an LLB with first or second class honours, or an equivalent qualification.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

For our PhD Law, we offer supervision in the following fields: administrative law; alternative dispute resolution; animal welfare; armed conflicts; child law; commercial law and commercial property; common law; company law; comparative law; comparative legal system; competition law and economics; conflicts of law; constitutional law; criminal law; criminal procedure; dispute resolution; discrimination law; domestic protection of international human rights standards; E-commerce; employments law; English legal history; environmental law; equity; EU law; family law; free speech and law; French law; globalisations; harmonisation of law; health and human rights; human rights law; independent agencies; international commercial arbitration; international law of armed conflicts; international of peace keeping; international humanitarian law; international trade law; internet law; judicial review; jurisprudence; labour law; law and economics; law and literature; legal history; medial and telecommunication law; medical law; property law; public international law; public law; public services; tort; trusts; UK human rights; UN international organisation law.

Our former PhD students have gone on to work in legal practice, commerce and industry, the non-governmental organisation sector and academia, including the academic community in our School of Law at Essex.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our School of Law has an international reputation for providing a legal education of the highest quality. In particular, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 90 per cent of our research was rated as of 'internationally excellent' or 'internationally recognised' quality.

Department specialisms

We offer supervision in areas including: European community law; human rights law; public law; international trade law; information technology, media and e-commerce law; business law.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in writing.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 585