At The City Law School, we are committed to the provision of high-quality graduate education and a stimulating research environment to study in. You will join the City Law School's thriving postgraduate research community, receiving the necessary support and training to develop successfully your research project.
You will also have the opportunity to attend the School's research training seminars focused on research skills and methodologies and to present your work in progress at both weekly seminars and the annual School Postgraduate Forum. You will also become part of a stimulating research environment by participating in the activities of the School's research centres, institutes and groups.
Our internationally recognised experts conduct research into all major areas of laws. Our research centres, institutes and groups promote cutting-edge research with a view to advancing knowledge and bringing value to society.
Applicants should have a track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by an LLB degree with at least a second class (upper division) or equivalent, and a Master's degree (in law or a related discipline) with at least a merit or equivalent. Applicants should also have achieved a strong merit in the Master's dissertation and demonstrate a suitable aptitude to undertake a course of independent research.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry:
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
For more information see our main Visa page.
The award of an MPhil or a PhD requires the submission of a thesis for examination at a viva voce (oral examination) by two examiners, at least one of whom is external to City. A PhD thesis (up to 100,000 words) must be an original and substantial piece of work which makes a contribution to the relevant literature.
An MPhil thesis (up to 50,000 words) must be an original work or a critical exposition of existing knowledge. All students are initially registered for the MPhil degree. Those students who wish to proceed to a PhD must upgrade within 18 months (30 months for part-time students).
Find out about the research interests of our current students.
Find out more about the research carried out by our research centres.
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.
Fee waivers may be available to exceptional candidates. Please enquire with the School Office for further information.
You may be eligible for the Government’s doctoral loan if you are not receipt of other funding. For full details including eligibility, terms and conditions, and application please visit this page: https://www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan
The Government has introduced a new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans scheme which can provide a loan of up to £25,000 over three years to support study for a doctoral degree. A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study and can be used alongside any other forms of support you may be able to receive, for example from industry or business or through your PhD supervisor.
The School runs a Research Training Programme for MPhil/PhD students which focuses on research skills and methodologies, employability skills, career management and personal development.
We are committed to the provision of high-quality graduate education and provide you with a stimulating research environment to study in. You are assigned two supervisors to support you throughout your research, with one of these supervisors taking primary responsibility for you. Your supervisor assists you with refining your research ideas, suggesting reading and making comments on the drafts of your thesis.
Applications must include:
Applicants are welcome to discuss their ideas for research by contacting relevant members of the School of Law. Details can be found on our website.
A strong PhD proposal is an important component of your application, so please read our guide to writing a successful PhD proposal carefully before sending us your proposal.
You will need to provide names and e-mails of two referees who know your work well and can comment on your aptitude for critical thinking and original research within a well-defined framework. We will contact the referees once you have submitted your application.
At the initial stage of your application we will accept electronic copies of your official transcripts. If your application is successful we will require you to send us the original hard copies before a final offer of place is made.
You may be invited for an interview by a panel consisting of the PhD Programme Director and a potential supervisor.