Postgraduate research degrees in Law

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Birmingham Law School is home to a broad range of internationally excellent and world-leading legal academics, with a thriving postgraduate research community. The perfect place for your postgraduate study.

Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

In addition to these broad clusters, the staff at Birmingham Law School are interested in supervising postgraduate research on a wide range of topics. Research proposals are welcomed from the full range of perspectives: including comparative, doctrinal, historical, international, theoretical, ethical, socio-legal and criminological approaches to law.

We have a range of scholarships and funding opportunities available to support excellent students on our postgraduate research programmes.

Doctoral Training Partnership studentships available

The University of Birmingham is part of the Midlands4Cities DTP and the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP, both of which are offering postgraduate research studentships to campus-based UK/EU applicants across each DTP's partner institutions. AHRC awards are available across arts, law and humanities disciplines, and ESRC awards are available for a range of social science disciplines including Applied Linguistics, Area Studies (African Studies), Economic and Social History, and Socio-Legal Studies.

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PhD, MPhil or Mjur?

Birmingham Law School offers three different postgraduate research programmes:

  • PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • MPhil – 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • MJur – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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 years. A range of scholarships and funding opportunities are available to support doctoral research.

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.

Enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions
Birmingham Law School 
University of Birmingham 
Edgbaston 
Birmingham 
B15 2TT 
United Kingdom

law-researchenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk