Research course

Socio-legal Studies

Institution
University of Kent · Kent Law School
Qualifications
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.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our research students benefit immensely from a vibrant research community, a supportive environment and many opportunities to engage critically with academic research and contemporary issues. They are immersed in a research culture which situates legal studies in its historical, social and economic context.

The Law School has an active and supportive student community, with excellent dedicated postgraduate facilities. Students are usually allocated two supervisors, who give guidance about the nature of the research, the standard of work required, and about the relevant literature and sources that should be consulted. Students and supervisors meet monthly, ensuring consistent and continuous support during the length of the degree.

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.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

LLM by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Kent Law School
Email
klspgoffice@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 824595
Fax
+44 (0)1227 827442