Research course

Law

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Law
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Please contact the department for details of entry requirements. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in all individual components, or equivalent.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

If you're ready to take your expertise and qualifications in Law into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to do it.

As a postgraduate researcher, you could explore how our laws and legal system shape society and affect the daily lives of people at all levels within it. Your research outputs could be used by governments, organisations and individuals in the development and implementation of new legal policies.

Recent examples of our research include our work around the law of succession and the sale of ivory in the UK. When you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll make your own contribution to our exceptional work.

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) is a multi-disciplinary department with an extensive range of research activity, pure and applied. A number of our staff are leading figures in their fields of scholarship. Our researchers work to enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the broad field of criminal justice and criminological studies, including research into criminology and criminal justice studies, counter fraud, community justice, police, forensics and investigation, security and risk management, and criminal psychology. Research within the field of Law and Criminology may also be closely linked to research within the department of Psychology.

Current Research

Our research in Law explores the myriad ways that laws and the legal system shape society and affect the daily lives of people at all levels within it.

The work we're doing in the 3 areas of expertise below frequently feeds in to the University's strategic themes and is used by governments, organisations and individuals who are developing and implementing new legal policies – our research around the law of succession, and the sale of ivory in the UK are two such examples.

Members of the School also write a number of Company and Commercial, Employment and other textbooks and use their (and others) research in their teaching.

Our three areas of expertise:

Accountability, risk and rights:

Research in this area covers topics including employment protection, data protection, the regulation and governance of companies, and how the law affects people throughout their lives.

International and European Law:

Our research in this area examines and seeks to grow our understanding of transnational laws and foreign national law, so that each can work better.

Well-being, legal education and the legal profession:

Our research is identifying new ways of delivering legal education and new approaches that could deliver education more broadly. It also explores the growing issue of stress and wellbeing among law students and academics.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Team
Email
balresearchdegrees@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 4032