Research course


University of Exeter · Law
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate Honours degree (UK Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent) and a Masters degree with a dissertation component. Please see the website for full details

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Members of the School of Law have a very wide range of research interests and MPhil or PhD supervision can be arranged in most fields of legal study. There are recognised Centres of excellence in Legal History and Family Law and we were also one of the first university Law Schools to teach EU Law through the Centre for European Legal Studies. We have strong expertise in all aspects of commercial law, including maritime law, insurance, international sales, banking and finance law, international trade and dispute resolution. We have specialists in energy law, environmental law, human rights, intellectual property, legal ethics, and legal and political philosophy.

Department specialisms

Family Law;, Legal History; European Law; International and Comparative Law; Human Rights; Bioethics; Environmental Law; Criminology; Intellectual Property; Commercial Law; Information Law; Technology Law.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community.

Visit our website for details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website for details
International students
Please see our website for details

The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-84 months
full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months


part time
48-60 months
distance learning
24-60 months
full time
24-36 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
+44(0) 1392 724490