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Law PhD - 2014 entry | The University of Manchester
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Law PhD

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Degree awarded
36 months full-time, 72 months part-time
Entry requirements

For PhD programmes the minimum entry requirements are an Upper Second Class Honours degree with minimum grade averages of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, and a Masters degree at Merit level with overall average marks of 65% in taught modules and a minimum mark of 65% in the dissertation/research element (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline, plus prior research training at postgraduate level.

The documents that applicants are required to submit to constitute a full application are outlined on our postgraduate research application page.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
100-150 applications are received each year for postgraduate research study by the School, with 20-30 new MPhil/PhD students registering in each academic year.
How to apply

Apply online

Research students may commence their studies in September or January (with September being the main admissions date). The deadline to apply for the September entry is the 15 th of August 2014 and for January 2015 - the 31 st of November 2014. However, we strongly advise that you apply as soon as possible in order to be guaranteed a place on the course.

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The Manchester Law School is combines a commitment to research excellence with a focus on the intellectual and pastoral development of its students.   The School has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, accommodating scholars from a range of different disciplines (law, sociology, criminology, bioethics, philosophy, politics, economics).  The School is proud to host a number of research centres that support the research aspirations of staff and graduate research students.  These include the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP), the Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Manchester Centre for Regulation and the Institute of Law and Development.  The School is  proud to be a member of the Economic and Social Research Council  doctoral training centre and approved by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to award funded studentships.

Our research students are provided with extensive research support and training by the School and by The Faculty of Humanities. In addition, research students are provided with two academic supervisors to, as well as an adviser to provide pastoral support.

Open days

The Postgraduate Open Day will take place in November 2014 on campus. Please check our website for details.

The School of Law will be represented at the Law Fair at Manchester Central in  November 2014 if you wish to speak to us on the informal basis.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000


Self-funded graduates of the Manchester Law School will receive a loyalty discount of 20% on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.  

Various funding opportunities are available to students taking the 3 year PhD programme. As well as submitting the relevant scholarship application(s), candidates must submit the PhD application.  Please visit the School of Law website for terms and conditions, or email

Contact details

Academic department
School of Law
Contact name
Mrs Amy Colasurdo
+ 44 (0)161 306 1279
+44 (0)161 275 4724

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

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