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Key Information

Start date

September and February

Duration

Full-time: 3 Years

Part-time: 5 Years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,500 per year

Part-time: £5,250 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £10,500 per year

Part-time: £5,250 per year

Overview

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.

Requirements

Entry requirements

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.

English requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia or the USA
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.
  • An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing subtests.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the Board of Studies concerned (for those students who don't require a Tier 4 visa).

Visa requirements

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:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Structure

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.

Funding options

PhD Programme Fees

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.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

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.

Find out more about Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Support

Training

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.

Research Environment

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.

How to apply

Law MPhil/PhD online application

Please submit an online application form for this programme.

You will need to upload:

  • a research proposal
  • a CV.

An outcome response will be communicated to you within two weeks.

Eligibility

  • 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 normally a Master's degree (in law or a related discipline) with at least a merit or equivalent. Applicants should demonstrate a suitable aptitude to undertake a course of independent research.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved an overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing subtests.

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.

Research Proposal

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.

Academic references
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.

Transcripts
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.

Interview
You may be invited for an interview by a panel consisting of the PhD Programme Director and a potential supervisor.

Studentships

The City Law School is offering two full-time, three-year doctoral studentship (entry in  September 2019). We invite applications from exceptional and ambitious graduates wishing to pursue cutting-edge research in any of the School's key research areas.

Each doctoral studentship will provide:

  • an annual bursary (currently £16,777 but subject to change in line with Research Councils UK’s recommendation on the national minimum stipend)
  • full tuition fee waiver
  • research expenses (up to £1000 over three years) to support research needs such as specialist training, equipment or conference attendance.

Eligibility

We seek applications from exceptional UK/EU and international graduates; studentships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting edge-research.

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 normally a Master's degree (in law or a related discipline) with at least a merit or equivalent. Applicants should demonstrate a suitable aptitude to undertake a course of independent research.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved an overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing subtests.

How to apply

You can apply online for this studentship.

We encourage you to have a look at our research pages, so that youconsider the research undertaken in our School and identify an area in which you can make a contribution and a supervisor or Research Centre/Group with whom you could work.

Read guidance on how to write a research proposal .

Applicants are welcome to discuss their ideas for research by contacting relevant members of the School of Law.

Selection process

Candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted by the School. If you do not receive a communication from the School within six weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Deadline for applications: Monday, 8 April 2019.

Contact: Kate.Barnes@city.ac.uk

Examples of research projects