Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences. In addition to this, candidates are required to have an LLM (or Master's in an appropriate alternative subject) with a taught average mark of 65 per cent as well as a mark of 65 per cent on the dissertation.

MPhil, PhD

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Law strives to promote research excellence among all its scholars. It recognizes that high-quality legal research may take many different forms. A wide variety of legal research methods are employed in the numerous research projects ongoing in the School. The School takes the view that postgraduate research students and academics are all engaged in the same scholarly endeavours and can learn a great deal from each other.

Postgraduate research students are invited to play a full role in all the research activities of the School. While legal research is often an individual activity, many collaborative research activities, including co-authorship of publications, collaborations with visiting scholars, seminars, reading and discussion groups and distinguished visitors' seminars, take place in the School. Postgraduate research students are welcome to participate in all such activities.

The School of Law offers supervision for research degrees in most subject areas of law, and also for interdisciplinary projects which have a legal aspect. We currently have around 30 registered research students, who come from all over the world. The School has ESRC recognition for its research degrees in the areas of socio-legal and criminology. Research candidates may study either for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Those candidates wishing to study for a PhD are normally admitted first to the MPhil programme, and may then transfer to the PhD later if progress warrants this. In line with the majority of law schools within the United Kingdom, the normal length of an MPhil thesis is about 60,000 words, and the normal length of a doctoral thesis about 100,000 words.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Public International Law; International Law; Human Rights Law; European Law; Environmental Law; All Areas of UK Law; International Commercial Law.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening elements.

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Law web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5700