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Postgraduate research

Join the next generation of legal scholars and take part in innovative research in a wide range of fields.

We are a recognised leader in legal scholarship in the United Kingdom, and our size enables us to sustain a vibrant research culture.

We offer opportunities for both full and part-time study leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD through our Law (PhD/MPhil) programme.

We host a PhD programme in Empirical Studies in Law, which receives financial support for PhD studentships from the Economic and Social Research Council's 'Wales Doctoral Training Centre'.

Legal subjects

We can offer supervision in a wide range of legal subjects including:

  • Islamic Law
  • Civil Justice Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Discrimination Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • European Law and Governance
  • Family Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Gender and the Law
  • Governance and Devolution
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Refugee Law and Asylum
  • Judicial Studies and Legal Decision-Making
  • Land Policy and Land Reform
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Literature
  • Legal and Social Theory
  • Legal Expertise
  • Medical Law and Mental Health Law
  • New Technologies and Risk Regulation
  • Private International Law
  • Property Law
  • Public International Law
  • Public Law, Theory and Policy
  • Religious Law
  • Social Care Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tort Law
  • Transnational Dispute Resolution
  • Trusts

If the area in which you are interested is not listed here, please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion. We will try to accommodate well-qualified applicants but cannot guarantee doing so if there is no member of staff available to supervise the proposed research project to the high standards we habitually provide.

Contact us

Law and Politics Postgraduate office

The MPhil can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years and leads to the degree of Master of Philosophy. The PhD programme can be studied full-time over three years or part-time over five years and leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.