The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed our excellent reputation for doctrinal, empirical and theoretical research, particularly in the fields of commercial law, criminal law, criminal justice, judicial administration, European law, public law, human rights, international law, private law, restitution, conflicts of law, international economic law, comparative law, health and social welfare, socio-legal studies and legal theory. Many of our research students have obtained academic careers in the top law schools in the country.
The PhD programme requires you to research and write a thesis of 80,000 words with supervision from academic staff, the work should make an original contribution to knowledge. Full-time students are expected to complete their work within three year
The MPhil programme requires you to research and write a 60,000-word thesis under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Full-time students are expected to complete their work within two years.
The MJur programme requires you to research and write a 40,000-word thesis under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Full-time students are expected to complete their work within one year.
This programme can also be studied by Distance Learning - see whether distance learning is an option for you
Why study this course
Academic expertise - PhD supervision from internationally renowned researchers
Seminars and conferences: Invited to attend various staff seminars and guest lectures during the academic year
Employability - Birmingham is one of the top universities in the UK for graduate employment
Dedicated facilities - including the Harding Law Library and Law senior common room
Fees and funding
Fees for 2015/16 are:
- Home/EU: £4,052 full-time; £2,026 part-time
- Overseas: £13,195 full-time, £6,597.50 part-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding .
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
A first class or upper second class UK honours degree in law (or a subject related to the proposed area of research) or equivalent.
All international qualifications which are equivalent to a UK honours degree will be considered. Learn more about international entry requirements.
If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications include:
IELTS: 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band
How to apply
Before you make your application
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Making your application
Applications are accepted at any time though we strongly encourage students to begin their studies at the start of the UK academic year (September). Full details of our requirements can be found on our Applications page
As part of the application for admission onto our MJur, MPhil and PhD programmes, you must prepare a research proposal outlining your proposed area of study. Full details of what we are looking for in the research proposal can be found here.
For applicants to the PhD Distance Learning study mode only:
As part of the application process for the distance learning study mode, we will ask you to provide evidence to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study for a PhD by Distance Learning. Please be prepared to provide evidence, and details, of the following:
Examples of your postgraduate research experience and ability to work independently e.g. papers/presentations at professional and academic conferences or publications in professional journals or previous completion of an independent research project, etc.
Full reasons (academic and personal) for registering for the distance learning mode of study rather than by standard full or part-time on-campus options. In particular, how you will be able to carry out your project in your chosen location.
Access to local library facilities (where needed)
Access to IT facilities
Access to communications, including e-mail and visual communication media e.g. Skype and Facetime
Access to facilities to support any study-related disability (where appropriate)
You can upload this information at the time of application - when asked to provide supporting documentation - or via your applicant portal once you have submitted your application.
For all applicants:
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages