Postgraduate research at Birmingham Law School

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Birmingham Law School is home to a broad range of internationally excellent and world-leading legal academics, and a thriving postgraduate research community.

The research expertise in the school spans a wide range of topics, from jurisprudence to justice, healthcare to human rights. Research proposals are welcomed from the full range of perspectives, including comparative, doctrinal, historical, international, theoretical, ethical, socio-legal and criminological approaches to law. 

Our postgraduate researchers are actively involved in the life of the School and regularly organise and participate in research events, such as conferences, seminars and forums, skills workshops, and research group meetings.

Our postgraduate degrees

We offer three postgraduate research programmes, depending on your preferred length of study and thesis:

  • PhD – 3 years full-time/6 years part-time, 80,000-word thesis (on campus or by distance learning)
  • MPhil – 2 years full-time/4 years part-time, 60,000-word thesis (on campus)
  • MJur – 1 year full-time/2 years part-time, 40,000-word thesis (on campus)

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Yunxiang Shi

At Birmingham, I have the fantastic opportunity to work with talented people from across a range of different cultural backgrounds which broadens my horizons and helps me get to know the world better. My supervisors provide great support and assistance, while I can always find activities on campus that interest me outside my research.


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