Research course


University of Warwick · Warwick School of Law
PhDMPhilLLM by research

Entry requirements

Prospective research students must have a proven potential for completing a substantial and original piece of research and writing in a recognised area of legal or related social studies. This criterion is likely to be met by those who have completed a Masters degree in law or its equivalent, to distinction or upper merit level or exceptionally, at least an upper second class honours degree in Law. The degree should have included a substantial piece of written work in the form of a thesis, dissertation or extended essay for which the candidate was awarded a mark of distinction or upper merit. The written work will not normally have been less than 8,000 words and will clearly demonstrate that the candidate is capable of writing with precision and fluency and has developed analytical skills. The work should also demonstrate some evidence of originality and a high degree of competence in using primary and secondary sources. Where written in a language other than English, the candidate may be required to submit a translated version as part of their application. All applicants must submit a research proposal of between 1000 to 1500 words for an LLM by Research and 2000 to 2500 words for an MPhil or PhD, failure to do so may result in the delay or rejection of your application.

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 40,000 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 (3 years), MPhil (2 years) and LLM (1 year).

Department specialisms

Law (International; Labour; Housing; Environmental; Constitutional; Commercial, Competition and Intellectual Property; Sports; Pensions; Media and Telecommunications); Legal Regulation of Transnational Companies; International Trade and Investment, Human Rights, Feminist Legal Theory, Development, Legal Education, EU Law.

Information for international students

The international perspective is reflected in the cosmopolitan nature of the student body. Candidates whose first language is not English will normally be expected to have obtained a recognised English Language qualification: British Council International Testing System (IELTS) 7.0, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 100 (internet based).

Fees and funding

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

LLM by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions & Recruitment Officer
024 7652 4935
024 7652 4105