Research Degrees

We have various fully-funded awards and studentships available on a competitive basis for our incoming PhD students. Most are available to home, members of the European Union, or International students.

We offer three research degrees: Master of Law by Research, Master of Philosophy and PhD.

Master of Law by Research degree

Master of Law by Research normally involves one year of study if the research is undertaken full-time, and two years if undertaken on a part-time basis. It requires the submission of a 40,000 word thesis, critically evaluating and testing ideas current in the literature. In addition to the completion of the thesis, the candidate must pass an oral examination.

The programme starts in October, January, April or July and students must enrol on the School's research training programme.

Master of Philosophy degree

Our Master of Philosophy Degree is a two year full-time degree. It requires the submission of a 60,000 word thesis, showing you have developed original ideas. In addition to the completion of your thesis, you must pass an oral examination. Your status on the programme will be probationary. Your probationary status will continue until you have undertaken and passed a formal assessment at the Annual Progress Review meeting, held sometime in the 6th to 9th month after enrolling. It is no longer possible to enrol on the Master of Philosophy programme and seek to transfer across to a PhD programme – this will only be done on an exceptional basis by a concession approved by the Academic Director of Research Degree Programmes.

Our Master of Philosophy programme starts in October, January, April or July and you must enrol on our research training programme within the first year of your study.

PhD degree

Our PhD Degrees takes three years full-time and six years part-time. PhD students submit a substantial thesis of 100,000 words that must, if the degree is to be awarded, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the subject area chosen. For those wishing to read for and graduate with the degree of PhD, you will be registered as a probationary PhD candidate. Your probationary status will continue until you have undertaken and passed a formal assessment at the Annual Progress Review meeting, held sometime in the 6th to 9th month after enrolling. In addition to the completion of your thesis, you must pass an oral examination - the viva conducted by an internal and external examiner (one from outside our Law School).

Our PhD programme starts in October, January, April or July and you must enrol on the School's research training programme within the first year of your study.

Master of Research Social Sciences Research Methods

We also offer a postgraduate taught degree, Masters in Social Sciences Research Methods. Our course is particularly suitable for those wishing to progress to PhD research using empirical and interdisciplinary methods since a number of modules are taught together with other schools of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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