Law & Government - Research

Entry requirements

To register for a postgraduate research degree, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

I.PhD applicants should hold a masters degree by research from a recognised university.

II.Applicants who do not hold a postgraduate research qualification e.g. Masters by Research (or equivalent) are only eligible to register on the 'PhD-track register' which is stage 1 of the PhD programme. On successful completion of the transfer process (report and interview within 21 months of their start date) a student on the 'PhD-track register' will be transferred to the 'PhD register' with effect from their original start date in the university. Students who do not successfully complete the transfer may be eligible to graduate with a Masters at this stage.

III.For those interested in applying for a Masters degree by research, an honours primary degree is necessary (preferably at least 2:1) in the discipline in which they intend to undertake the research.

It may also be possible to move from the Masters register to the PhD register on successful completion of a transfer process, as outlined above, if the student made sufficient progress.


DCA19 PhD - Law & Government (Full-Time)
DCA20 PhD - Law & Government (Part-Time)
DCA21 Masters - Law & Government (Full-Time)
DCA22 Masters - Law & Government (Part-Time)
DCA23 PhD-track - Law & Government (Part-Time)
DCA24 PhD-track - Law & Government (Full-Time)
DCA36 MPhil Law & Government (Full-Time)
DCA37 MPhil Law & Government (Part-Time)
DCA74 Master of Laws (LLM) (Full-Time)
DCA75 Master of Laws (LLM) (Part-Time)

Research areas

As well as educating students for careers in law, policy-making, public management and related areas, our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge research on national and international legal issues, and local, national and global political challenges. Our wide-ranging expertise is reflected in the extent of our publications. The School works closely with government agencies, industry and professional bodies, and civil society organisations, providing research and policy expertise to inform their decision-making.

With law, government and the reform of both now central concerns in developed and developing countries, we are ideally placed and often asked to provide expert advice on framing policy and law, delivery and performance in government, and broadening and deepening the engagement between citizen and state. We contribute frequently to national debates on legal, political and policy issues, and the voices and faces of some of our people are well known on radio and television.

The School of Law and Government offers highly dedicated supervision of research students, by expert, research-active members of staff. We welcome applications to our three postgraduate research programmes: MA by Research, LLM by Research and PhD. Students may register on either a full-time or part-time basis. When preparing your topic, please ensure you read the detailed information on the PhD Programme in Politics and International Relations, and Research Degrees in Law. The school provides a supportive atmosphere for research postgraduates, with excellent supervision, PhD level modules in research design and methods and a focus on professional development. Students have dedicated work spaces and receive financial assistance for fieldwork and conferences (allocated on a competitive basis).

The School of Law and Government welcomes applications from postgraduates interested in research in the areas of expertise of our faculty.

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