Research course

Socio-legal Studies

University of Kent · Kent Law School
PhDMPhilLLM by research

Entry requirements

A first or good second class honours degree in law or a relevant subject. A Master’s degree is recommended, but not essential.

Months of entry


Course content

Kent Law School (KLS) is a cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, offering a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Rated as the 6th best Law School in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (and 4th for the proportion of research classified as world-class and internationally excellent), KLS gives you unparalleled opportunities to study with leading academic experts in a variety of specialised fields of law.

The Law School offers its flagship Kent LLM at the University’s Canterbury campus, which gives students the opportunity to specialise in one or many areas of law. In addition, the Law School offers three defined LLM programmes at the University’s Brussels campus. The KLS programmes in Canterbury and Brussels enable you to gain expertise in a wide range of international and domestic subjects and to develop advanced, transferable research, writing and oral communication skills. All of our LLM and Diploma programmes allow you to broaden and deepen your understanding and knowledge of law. Optionally you can study at both Canterbury and Brussels (Canterbury and Cergy-Pontoise on the Erasmus-Europe LLM), with a term at each campus, returning to your chosen primary location to complete your dissertation.

Our programmes attract excellent law graduates from around the world and are also open to non-law graduates with an appropriate academic or professional background who wish to develop an advanced understanding of law in their field. You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff. KLS uses critical research-led teaching throughout our programmes to ensure that you benefit from the Law School’s world-class research.

We welcome applications for research degrees in a wide range of areas. We recommend you contact the School informally before applying, and you should accompany your application with a brief (two to four-page) outline of the research project you envisage and your intended methodology. You may find it helpful to discuss your project informally with an appropriate member of staff (contact details are on our website) or with the Director of Postgraduate Research.

Department specialisms

Our staff research areas are very diverse and you can find out more about individual interests on our website. However, the School has a number of research clusters of departmental specialities.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

LLM by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Kent Law School
+44 (0)1227 824595
+44 (0)1227 827442