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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 / Programme details

Year of entry: 2019

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.

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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.


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: