School of Law

Postgraduate Research Degrees

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The school takes the view that postgraduate research students and academics are all engaged in the same scholarly endeavours and can learn a great deal from each other.

To this end, our doctoral students are actively encouraged to engage in the wider scholarly community of the school and play a full role in our research activities.

While legal research is often an individual activity, many collaborative research activities, including co-authorship of publications, collaborations with visiting scholars, seminars, reading and discussion groups, and distinguished visitors' seminars, take place in the school. Postgraduate research students are welcome to participate in all such activities.

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Areas of supervision

You will be supported by two academic supervisors. We offer supervision in most subject areas of law, and also for interdisciplinary projects which have a legal aspect. View our current areas of supervision.

Postgraduate research degrees

Law PhD

With well-established research centres and links to leading institutions around the world, the School of Law is a dynamic centre for PhD study. We promote research excellence, recognising that high-quality legal research may take many different forms. We use a variety of research methods across our projects.


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In the Research Excellence Framework 2021, 85% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent and 90% of our submitted impact case studies have outstanding or very considerable impact.
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