Research course


University of Portsmouth · School of Law

Entry requirements

Please contact the department for details of entry requirements. 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

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

Research encompasses a wide range of theoretical, methodological and doctrinal approaches in law and the Criminal Justice System. Research strengths converge in several areas, including business law, discrimination law and legal education, with productive interdisciplinary collaborations such as with criminal justice and economics.

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.

Module Details

Corporate Governance Research Group: We seek to inform public policy in the national context (at home and abroad), to affect corporate behaviour, and to explore how governance styles can impact upon the wider economic and socio-economic agenda.

Research areas encompass a wide range of theoretical, methodological and doctrinal approaches in law including:

  • Clinical legal education
  • Constitutional law
  • Corporate governance
  • Discrimination law
  • Employment law
  • European law
  • Family law
  • Policing, Crime and Investigation,
  • Risk, Security and Counter Fraud
  • Youth, Crime and Social Justice

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Research Team - Portsmouth Business School
023 9284 4032