Distance Learning PhD in Law

The distance learning PhD is ideal for those who are based away from Leicester or who want to combine working for a research degree with their professional and personal commitments.

Distance Learning Research StudentOur distance programmes offer a more flexible way to study for a research degree - allowing you to undertake a University of Leicester PhD wherever you are based in the world.

As with the campus based PhD programme, you will undertake a substantial research project that is written up as a thesis of 80,000 words and defended in an oral examination (the "viva voce" examination).

Distance Learning PhD Description

Entry Requirements

Standard academic entry requirements and English language requirements apply - please see the Advice for Applicants.

This route is well-suited to those who have a research project associated with their work or particular interests and where resources are available locally to support your research.

Annual Course Fee 2013-14 Entry

  • UK/EU - £4,650
  • International - £4,730

Registration Period

  • Normal - Four Years
  • Maximum - Seven Years

Qualification

There is no difference between the distance learning PhD qualification and the campus based equivalent and both degrees are recognised internationally.

Distance Learning PhD Description

Research students on the distance learning programme are expected to be able to spend around 10-15 hours per week over the duration of their course (some research students use holiday periods for this).

There is no difference between the distance learning PhD qualification and the campus based equivalent and both degrees are recognised internationally.

Supervisory Support

All distance learning PhD research students are allocated a personal supervisor who will help you plan and manage your research and develop your understanding of relevant research methodology.

You'll keep in touch with your supervisor through regular supervisory meetings provided online or by telephone.

Research Skills Training

We have nearly twenty years' experience in supporting distance learning postgraduates.

We offer training in a range of skills which we consider that every Leicester PhD in the School of Law should have.

In the first two years of your degree, youn will complete three residential training weeks and these take place in November, January and March. The training weeks involve training sessions, research seminars, research in the University Library, and face-to-face supervision with your supervisor.

You will also meet other research students in the School, both campus-based and distance learners.

University Resources

Alongside this core training, distance learners have access to a range of online resources and materials to help you:

  • develop an effective working relationship with your supervisor
  • develop your broader academic writing skills including related concepts such as referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • plan and manage the writing of your thesis and prepare for the viva exam

You'll also have access to the University Library's online resources for distance learning researchers including remote access to some 18,000 electronic journals, books, and databases.

Visiting Leicester

Distance learning PhD research students are registered on probation for the first twenty-four months of their degree. Over this period you will complete your research skills training and your overall suitability for a PhD programme will be monitored.

At the end of this period your progress will be assessed and, subject to this being satisfactory, you can then continue with your degree.

You will be required to visit Leicester both for your probation review and for your viva exam at the end of your degree. You are not required to visit Leicester at any other time, but distance learners are welcome to do so should they wish to:

  • meet their supervisor or fellow researchers
  • use facilities such as the University Library
  • attend training sessions or other University events for researchers
Applications and Further Details

Applications for the distance learning PhD can be submitted online and should include a full research proposal:

  1. Search our staff research interests to make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area you want to work in
  2. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing
  3. Prepare your supporting documents
  4. Submit your online application

If you have any questions about the distance learning PhD or about PhD supervision in the School of Law, please contact us.

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