PhD and MPhil Research Courses in Law
AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
The School of Law seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2014 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for AHRC funding applications is Thursday 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place in the relevant department at the University of Leicester and have provided two references. For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website or contact Professor Cosmo Graham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Writing Workshop
Thursday 5 December 2013, 4pm-7pm, University of Leicester main campus. Further information available on the Arts, Humanities and Law website.
MPhil and PhD
The MPhil and PhD research degrees allow you to comprehensively examine an area of law under the guidance of a supervisor with similar research interests. At the end of your degree you will submit and defend a thesis and receive a qualification that will prepare you for a competitive employment market.
The PhD degree will normally require
- Full-time up to 4 years of research (normal registration 3 years)
- Distance Learning or part-time, up to 7 years of research (normal registration 4 years)
- Distance Learning or part-time researchers are expected to spend 10–15 hours study time per week (some researchers use holiday periods for this)
- For the award of a PhD, you must compete an 80,000 word thesis, your work must show evidence of originality and material worthy of publication
The MPhil degree will require
- 1 –2 years of full-time research
- 2 –4 years of distance learning or part-time research
- For an MPhil thesis, depth of analysis is expected. You will complete a thesis of 50,000 words
Students can register as full-time campus based, part-time or distance learning researchers, in January, May, July or October.
Probation and Progress reviews
All research students are registered on probation for the first year (first two years if part-time). An important stage in the progression of your research is the Probation Review. This is a formal review of your work and progress, and you receive an honest assessment of your performance and potential from academics other than your supervisors. Success in the Probation Review will result in your registration being upgraded to full PhD research student. For full-time researchers, this review is held 11 months after registration. For part-time and distance learning research students, a Progress Review is held at the end of the first year of registration and the Probation Review after 22 months of registration. A Progress Review is then held at the end of each year of registration for all research students.