Research course


University of Nottingham · School of Law

Entry requirements

LLM or masters degree in a relevant discipline, with a taught and dissertation average of 65% or above; plus a 2:1 (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis.

In the school, we promote research excellence, recognising that high-quality legal research may take many different forms. We use a variety of research methods across our projects.

You will be assigned two supervisors who will have the appropriate expertise to support your research project. The school offers supervision in most subject areas, and for interdisciplinary projects which have a legal aspect to them.

We promote a vibrant and diverse academic and social community, with research students from all over the world.

Research students and academics are all engaged in the same endeavours and can learn a great deal from each other. We actively encourage our doctoral students to engage in the wider community of the school and play a full role in its research activities.

While legal research is often an individual activity, many collaborative research activities take place, including co-authorship of publications, and reading and discussion groups. In addition, our research students organise their own seminar series, which helps them practise and develop their presentation skills.

You will benefit from:

  • a comprehensive introduction to the school
  • an annual research presentation day which involves all research students, with all academics invited
  • a Legal Research Methods module which supports and embeds methodological knowledge
  • an annual review of your progress for monitoring and support
  • a minimum of 10 supervision meetings per year for full-time students, and six for part-time students
  • funding opportunities for conference, summer school and workshop attendance
  • opportunities to build your paid teaching experience by delivering undergraduate tutorials
  • access to free personal and professional development courses offered by the Graduate School

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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