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Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester
MPhil Law
Undertake an original research project in one of the many legal specialisms we offer.

MPhil Law

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Duration
1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

For MPhil programmes we normally require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree in Law or a relevant discipline, with minimum grade averages of 65%, or the overseas equivalent.

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

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MPhil Y Y N N

Programme overview

  • Work towards a superior qualification that stands alone in this field, or as a route to a PhD in Law.
  • Receive extensive research support and training by the School and by the Faculty of Humanities.
  • Work with researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, ensuring your qualification comes with a reputation that will open doors.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

For more information, see Open Days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,327
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,163
    International students (per annum): £9,250

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Law
Contact name
Mrs Laura Littlewood
Telephone
+ 44 (0)161 306 1279
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4724
Email
Website
http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
See: About Us .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

For MPhil programmes we normally require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree in Law or a relevant discipline, with minimum grade averages of 65%, or the overseas equivalent.

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

English language

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold a minimum overall score of 7 in the IELTS test with 7 in writing and no subsection below 6.5, or an equivalent score in the IBT- TOEFL, PEARSON, or Cambridge CAE.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .  Please note these are MINIMUM entry requirements.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Research students may commence their studies in September or January (with September being the main admissions date).

How your application is considered

Once a full application (application form along with all supporting documents) has been received by the School, it will then be passed to academic staff for their consideration.

Several factors will be taken into consideration when the decision to offer a place or not is made.  The academic merit of the applicant will be one.  Other important factors will be whether or not the topic chosen is appropriate for study at MPhil level; whether the University's library facilities are adequate to support that study; and whether there are members of staff available with the expertise to supervise the chosen topic.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

Manchester's School of Law 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, the Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance and Public Law and the Manchester International Law Centre. 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.

Special features

Our core research is supported by four main centres, providing direction and guidance for staff and students with common interests.

Having specialised research centres at the School of Law allows us to ensure our research is focused and makes a real impact, both within the University and the wider community. The Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance and Public Law (ManReg) addresses regulatory issues in areas such as the environment, policing and intellectual property and biotechnology.

Our international law expertise at the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) covers a range of areas including international trade, armed conflicts and cyber security.

The Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCCJ) is a hub for our criminology experts to conduct research into some of today's important issues around topics such as drug abuse, violence and organised crime.

Finally, the experts at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) are leading the ethical research of today's healthcare and legal debates in areas such as assisted suicide and euthanasia, mental health and capacity issues and reproduction.

Connect to our research centres: www.law.manchester.ac.uk/research/centres

Teaching and learning

Distinguished tutors and fellow researchers working at the forefront of their disciplines lead our courses and programmes, ensuring your qualification comes with a reputation that will open doors across the world.

Coursework and assessment

For the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) you must successfully complete a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of capacity to pursue research and scholarship, and which represent original work that is appropriately located within a wider field of knowledge and investigation. You must prepare a thesis of not more than 50,000 words and also satisfy the examiners in an oral examination on the subject of the thesis.  The subject is chosen by the candidate, but must be approved by the School's Research Committee.

Scholarships and bursaries

Self-funded graduates of the Manchester Law School, who have applied within 3 years of graduation, will receive a loyalty discount of 20% on their annual tuition fees when they register for the programme.  

We have a number of funding opportunities available. See our research funding pages for details.

Facilities

At Manchester, you will benefit greatly from our ongoing investment in the best research facilities, as well as a dynamic research culture that encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The University of Manchester's Library is the third-largest university library in the UK, only Oxford and Cambridge (both non-deposit libraries) are larger. Manchester's vast resources include over four million books and journals, and the largest collection of electronic databases in the UK. This means the materials you need for your research are immediately available to you.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the legal professions and associated fields.