There are no prescribed areas of study for a postgraduate degree by research. Any law-based subject will be considered, as long as there are enough members of academic staff who could supervise this topic. Students are supervised by a team of at least two members of staff with expertise in their area and feedback and guidance are regularly provided. Applicants should refer to this table (detailing individual research and supervisory interests by subject area) and to the School’s research web pages. Members of academic staff are pleased to be approached by prospective PhD candidates about the kinds of research they can supervise. Contact our academics if you wish to chat further
Applications are particularly welcomed in areas of key strength which we wish to maintain or develop further: commercial law, media, intellectual property and information technology law and competition law. Students in competition law will be invited to join the interdisciplinary ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. We are also able to support research in most areas of core private law as well as human rights and constitutional law. Indicative topics of future research students may, inter alia, be related to the following themes:
The harmonisation of international commercial law and in particular its reception into, and impact on, national legal systems'';
'The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and in particular its use in practice, and its interpretation by national courts'.
'Laws protecting reputation, in particular the law of defamation'. '
The developing law protecting the misuse of private information and its relationship to / the overlap with the law of defamation'. '
Private enforcement of competition law in different European jurisdictions'.
But, of course, potential applicants are also very welcome to suggest their own topics.