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Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree, plus evidence of ability to conduct independent and original research.

Months of entry


Course content

Research interests of staff cover a wide range of topics in which specialised supervision is offered. The school offers an international perspective on law within a broad contextual approach which entails understanding and teaching law as a social phenomenon.

The Law School welcomes applications for Research Degrees from both home and overseas students.

The Research degrees offered by the Law School are:

LLM by Research
This involves a thesis of up to 20,000 words.

This involves a thesis of up to 60,000 words.

This involves a thesis of up to 80,000 words.

The minimum lengths of registration for these degrees are PhD (4 years), MPhil (2 years) and LLM (1 year).

Nine research clusters: Contract, Business and Commercial Law; Comparative Law and Culture; Development and Human Rights; Gender and the Law; International and European Law; Law and Humanities; Legal Theory; Governance and Regulation; Empirical Approaches. The Law School’s research is rooted in the twin themes of law in context and the international character of law.

Information for international students

English Language requirement: IELTS 7.0, Band B. For more guidance on English language requirements please visit this page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,347 (full-time)
International students
£17,900 (full-time)

For more information on funding please visit our Postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • LLM by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    You can either apply for a one year LLM by Research programme or the three year MPhil/PhD programme. Students on this course will complete one year of MPhil and following successful completion of a first year review will be upgraded to the two year PhD programme. Timing will differ for part time students. All students will be registered for a further year to allow for submission of their thesis and sitting of the viva examination. Part-time: Home/EU only

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585