Research course


University of Portsmouth · School of Law

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

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


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

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £TBC p/a, part-time students: £TBC p/a. *Fees are for 2016/17 entry. All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
International full-time students: £14,000 p/a* International part-time students: £7,000 p/a* * Fees are subject to annual increase.

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