Doctoral candidates at the Edinburgh Law School are assisted by the appointment of two supervisors, a principal supervisor and an assistant supervisor. These are experts in their field of study and are carefully chosen to provide each candidate with the best possible support to develop their thesis. Supervision is tailored to each candidate's needs, identifying specific training requirements, eg: in empirical methods or language training.
We provide excellent intellectual and practical support for our PhD students, through expert academic supervision teams, a dynamic and progressive doctoral research training programme, and dedicated PhD student office space.
he principal grounds for awarding a PhD degree are that it is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of study and containing material worthy of publication.
Candidates for research degrees are examined orally by an external examiner expert in the subject and an internal examiner. There is no written examination.
The maximum permitted word length of a PhD thesis is 100,000 words.
As part of your PhD the School of Law offers a three-year Doctoral Research Training Programme.
The key objectives of the programme are:
The PhD Programme offers structured legal research courses in the first year of study, alongside more specific training (e.g. in empirical methods) for students as needed, depending on their project requirements, and transferable skills (e.g. presentation skills). The focus of the second year is on supporting the external dissemination of work. In third year, all students participate in our Graduate Student Seminar Series.
The School will only admit students whose research interests correspond to those of a member of staff who could provide adequate supervision, and where adequate basic resources exist to facilitate the research.
Applicants should provide a brief statement of their research project when they apply, in the form of a short research proposal. Your research proposal should be no more than 1500 words and should include the following:
If possible, please attach also one sample of your written work (for example, a relevant publication, academic essay, or dissertation).
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