PhD Studentships 19/20 PhD Studentships 19/20

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences:

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: Monday 20th January 2020

The Faculty of Social Sciences Research PhD Studentships may be offered to prospective candidates from the academic year 2020/21. UEA Law School was ranked 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2018 league table for Law, in the UK Top 15 in both The Times/Sunday Times 2019 and Complete University Guide 2019), and 55th in the THES World University Rankings 2019.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the School was ranked 21st in the UK with a GPA of 2.97 (out of 4). Two-thirds of the research output produced within the School and 80% of its research impact was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*).

The Studentships will be available under the scheme to applicants who, in their research proposal, can clearly demonstrate academic excellence in areas relevant to the strategic interests of the Law School. We invite applications in any area of Law in which the School has supervisory capacity – but in particular we would welcome applications in the areas of: Competition Law; Commercial Law and International Dispute Resolution; Criminal Law and Criminal Justice; Media Law; Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law; Human Rights, Freedom of Speech and the Law of Public Protest; and Public International Law, broadly conceived.

Please see our Law Research Areas, individual Academic Profiles, and the research (and supervisory) interests of members of staff, for further details.

The Studentships will cover full tuition fees, irrespective of whether applicants are UK/EU or International, a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,099 per year), and a research training support grant.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a good  Master’s degree (that is, an award of a Merit or average 60%), and with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

To be considered for this award, you should make an application for admission to a PhD in the normal manner (, indicating in section 12 of the application form (‘Financing Your Studies’) that you wish to be considered for an open studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme. Please see Postgraduate Research Guidance Notes at for information about what ought to be included in a PhD research proposal. For any further queries concerning your proposal, please contact the Law School’s Director of Postgraduate Research Admissions, Professor David Mead.


To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: - tel: (01603) 591709. Please click to access the application form to apply for a PhD.




ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

The University of East Anglia invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded studentship awards for the 2020-21 academic year. As a member of the ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), UEA will be offering fully-funded doctoral studentships over six years, and across 12 different training pathways.

Applications for 2020/21 are now being accepted. Please visit the UEA SeNSS web pages for further information.

For queries related to SeNSS funding, please contact the PGR Service at For academic enquiries relating to the Socio-legal studies pathway within SeNSS, please email Dr Michael Hamilton.

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