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Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Social Sciences: Law

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Deadline: 30 January 2017 

The Faculty of Social Sciences Research PhD Studentships may be offered to prospective candidates from the academic year 2017/8. UEA Law School was ranked 10th in The Guardian University Guide 2017 league table for Law and 12th overall in the Times Good University Guide 2017.

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 – in particular, Competition Law; Commercial Law and International Dispute Resolution; Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Media Law, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law; Human Rights, Freedom of Speech and the Law of Public Protest; and 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 tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,296 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees. However, in exceptional cases the School may consider providing a “top up” grant covering the international component of tuition fees if a student’s research topic is closely aligned to the strategic interests of the School.

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 Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, 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 our applications webpage 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, Dr Ian Edwards.


Contact Us

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

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