Research course

Legal Practice

University of Exeter · Law

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

This postgraduate research degree programme is designed for lawyers wishing to achieve academic recognition based on their professional profile and practical expertise. The programme is normally undertaken on a part-time basis alongside professional work. To reflect the unique nature of the programme there is no standard period of study, though the maximum is seven years (part-time). A study plan will be tailored to suit your individual needs.

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 is particular expertise in European and international law, commercial and common law, English legal history and professional legal studies.

We have 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

The principal research strengths of the Law School are: European and international law; commercial and common law; English legal history and professional legal studies. Research Centres; Centre for Legal History Research; Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law; Centre for European Legal Studies; Network on Family Regulation and Society; The International Law Forum

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
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International students
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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


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


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

Course contact details

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