Research Degrees

Dundee Law School has a flourishing and supportive research environment designed to promote excellence among staff and research students. The School is committed to providing a high quality and relevant postgraduate research programme. Candidates have regular meetings with their supervisors who work at the cutting edge of legal research. Research training is drawn from the University’s excellent portfolio of courses, which complement the fortnightly PhD seminars (at which students present their work in front of an audience of fellow students and staff) and training events designed specifically for postgraduate research students in the School of Law. These events include an annual residential retreat to The Burn House, Glenesk. All postgraduate research students are also invited to play a full role in all the research activities of the School and to participate in research seminars and discussion groups.

The School of Law provides a study room for PhD students equipped with desktop computers, access to major electronic databases and a wide range of online research tools and resources. Students also enjoy access to our excellent library and law librarians.

Applying for a Research Degree

Both the LLM by research and the PhD aim to enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of a selected area of law and to develop their legal research skills. Candidates are supported in their work by two supervisors. The primary supervisor will be an expert in the candidate’s area of research and will meet with the candidate regularly for critical discussion and guidance. The second supervisor provides assistance and guidance as appropriate on the production of a thesis. The length of dissertation required depends upon the degree undertaken: LLM 30,000 to 40,000 words / PhD 80,000 to 100,000 words.

The School of Law offers supervision for research degrees in most subject areas of the law and supports a variety of legal research methods, from doctrinal to socio-legal, comparative and historical research. Detailed information on the areas of law in which the School offers supervision is found on our Research Home Page. Individual staff pages also contain details of the areas of law in which each academic is willing to offer supervision.

School of Law PhD Scholarships

The School of Law offers scholarships under three schemes: the AHRC Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP); the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Programme and the Law School’s own scholarship programme.  You will find more information about eligibility, deadlines and how to apply for each of the schemes on the University Scholarship pages.

Applications and Further Information

Click here to apply. If you wish to approach the Law School informally for further information please e-mail


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