PhD Law / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration
3 years
Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are: 

  • an Upper Second class Bachelor's (honours) degree with minimum grade averages of 65% (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a relevant discipline;
  • a Master's 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) and no mark below 55%, 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 here.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered.

Application Deadlines

Admission to studying for a PhD is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.

To be considered for external funding sources (for example, ESRC NWSSDTP), you need to apply far enough in advance of the relevant external funding deadlines, which are usually much earlier than the programme deadline listed below. For internal studentships from the School of Social Sciences, you must submit your completed application by 1 December 2022 .

If you are applying for or have secured external funding (for example, from an employer or government) or are self-funding, you must submit your application before the relevant deadline to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.

  • For September 2023 entry: 30 June 2023
  • For January 2024 entry: 30 September 2023

Programme options

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

Programme overview

  • Immerse yourself in sustained, in-depth study into a specific topic.
  • Stimulate real change while you work across our core fields in terms of both legal and policy issues.
  • Join a community of established researchers and contribute to a diverse intellectual environment.
  • Receive research training in law and social sciences.

Open days

To find out what studying on a postgraduate research programme at Manchester is like, visit our Open days and study fairs page and explore our virtual open week or future on-campus and international events.

Fees

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2022 were as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,596
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): TBA
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Various funding opportunities are available to postgraduate researchers applying for the three-year PhD degree programme. In addition to submitting the relevant scholarship application, you must submit the PhD application (deadlines apply). Please visit our How to apply page for terms and conditions, or email law.scholarship@manchester.ac.uk .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
School of Social Sciences
Telephone
Email
Website
https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/law/research/postgraduate-research/
School/Faculty

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