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The School of Law and Politics is a recognised leader in legal scholarship in the United Kingdom, and its size enables it to sustain a vibrant research culture.

The School of Law and Politics has a thriving postgraduate research culture. We are keen to attract and engage with the next generation of legal scholars and to encourage innovative research in a wide range of fields.

We are keen to attract the next generation of legal scholars and to encourage innovative research across a range of varied areas of Law including commercial, discrimination, medical, family and civil justice.

The School of Law and Politics offers opportunities for both full and part-time study leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD.

Distinctive features

  • Each full-time research student is allocated office space in the School’s own Graduate Centre.
  • Research students are entitled to financial support for travel or research related to their approved subject (e.g. attending a conference or visiting a specialist library) for every year of their supervision.
  • Students may be offered the opportunity to undertake part-time teaching on the undergraduate programmes.
  • The School encourages individual diversity and promotes innovation in research.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years; MPhil 2 years
Part-time duration PhD 5-7 years; MPhil 2-3 years
Start dates January, April, July, October

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 in the areas we mention, please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion.

The School has four main research cluster groups related to Law:

  • Medicine, Healthcare and Society
  • Governance and Constitutionalism
  • Procedural Justice
  • Regulation of Commercial Activity.

These groups reflect our key strengths and provide a supportive community for fostering intellectual and scholarly endeavour among staff and research students.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


Our PhD programme in Empirical Studies in Law has had ESRC-funded PhD studentships for UK and EU students in the past.

Funding is also available through the AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

You can search our studentships or find out more about funding.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Students from outside the EU

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Law (2:1 or equivalent) or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.

In addition to your formal application to the University we ask that you also upload a clear statement of your research proposal of about 5,000 words.Guidance on how to write a research proposal can be found on our webpage

English language requirements

Those whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 7.0 in IELTS (with no less than 6.5 in the Writing element and no less than 5.5 in Listening, Speaking and Reading).

Please read our English language requirements for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

MPhil/PhD Enquiries, Cardiff Law School

Administrative contact


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