Law PhD and MPhil
|How to Apply|
Make sure we offer PhD/MPhil supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests.
Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. We also require a sample of your writing. The writing sample can either be sent with the application or emailed in separately see link for further details.
Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (see below) and the English language entry requirements:
You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme
|4.||Submit your online application|
Our School of Law is a research-led department committed to producing the highest quality scholarship while recognising the important relationship between excellence in research and in teaching. It is consistently ranked in the top 20 of UK law schools.
|Our Research Degrees|
The School of Law offers supervision for the degrees of:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Full-Time and Part-Time
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Full-Time and Part-Time
We also offer a distance learning PhD/MPhil - allowing you to gain a University of Leicester research degree wherever you are in the world.
|Supervision and Research Areas|
We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:
- Company, Commercial and Financial Law
- Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology
- Dispute Resolution
- European Law and Policy
- Human Rights
- International Law
- Law and Theory
- Private Law
- Socio-legal Studies
Interested in a different research area?
It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.
However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.
|Entry Requirements and Fees|
Applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution, and should normally have completed, or be about to complete a Masters course in a similar subject area to your proposed research, with an average mark above 60% in the course and at least 65% in the dissertation.
Tuition fees vary according to the applicant's fee status (UK, EU, or international) and the mode of study (full-time, part-time or distance learning).
|Studentships and Funding|
Funded PhD studentships and other funding opportunities are advertised as they become available.
PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time/distance learning).
A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time/distance learning) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.