We have some of the top law academics in the UK working on world-leading research as part of the wider School of Social Sciences. To read more, on their research interests and actives, please visit the Law research pages. 

Our researchers have expertise across:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Criminal law and justice
  • Environmental law
  • Human rights
  • Private international law
  • Public international law
  • Public law
  • Scots law

Current research topics includes:

  • Human Rights and Liberal Democracy 
  • Towards an International Law of Energy
  • Domestic assaults and abuse: a comparison of two or more jurisdictions’ criminal procedures as they impact on the victims of domestic violence
  • Developments and specific issues associated with corporate insolvency
  • Environmental Accountability 
  • Subnational Constitutionalism 
  • The polluter pays principle in energy law 
  • Law and visuality 
  • Cultural legal studies 
  • Critical legal theory / critical legal studies 
  • Private international law 
  • Water services governance and regulation 


Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements

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We also accept other English language qualifications (updated August 2020)

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

PhD fees

How to apply

Before applying please consult the following applicant checklist:

  1. Check the current staff research interests
  2. Prepare a research proposal (maximum length of 3,000 words), which must include the following:
    • Bibliography
    • The statement of a preliminary research question
    • Hypothesis and argument
    • How the research contributes to the existing literature
    • Methodology

Your proposal should allow us to ensure that we have an appropriate supervisor and the library facilities to enable you to complete your study successfully. It will also demonstrate your own ability to produce a substantial and coherent outline for your work.

To apply for a research degree in Law, use the online system UCAS Postgraduate, via the link below.

You need to read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UCAS Postgraduate before proceeding with your application.

Apply here:

PhD opportunities

View PhD opportunities on the School of Social Sciences website

Learn about our Doctoral training programmes


Dr Janet Liao
Director of Doctoral Studies
+44 (0)1382 384928