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Law, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
Edinburgh Law School is renowned for its research excellence. We strive to produce work that has real-world reach and influence, such as this Law degree at The University of Edinburgh.

About

Our postgraduate researchers are key to the School’s research activities and we work hard to ensure that our research students are fully engaged with staff and projects across all our legal disciplines.

We provide a supportive and inspiring environment to help you carve out your own research specialism. In the last Research Excellence Framework we were ranked 2nd in the UK by research impact Grade Point Average (Times Higher Education, impact ranking, REF) and 4th in the UK by research power (Research Fortnight REF).

The Law degree at The University of Edinburgh has research excellence in a range of fields, spanning the spectrum of law, socio-legal studies and criminology.

Training and support

We offer excellent research training and support for PhD students through the Doctoral Research Training Programme - which is aligned with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

In the first year of the programme, PhD students take part in a structured course covering legal research methods and transferable skills (such as presentation skills), with the option of taking more specific training as required by the project (such as empirical research skills).

The focus of training in the second year is on supporting the external dissemination of work. In the third year, all students participate in our Student Presentation Series while they also work on refining their thesis in readiness for submission.

PhD Law

Edinburgh Law School can offer expert supervision across an exceptional range of subject areas for PhD study. A PhD at Edinburgh Law School involves undertaking independent research, culminating in the submission of a thesis of up to 100,000 words, which should be an original piece of work that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of study and contains material worthy of publication. As a doctoral student, you will join a diverse community of around 100 postgraduate researchers and will become an integral part of the intellectual life of the School.

Upon completion of the PhD, the majority of our students progress to postdoctoral research or lecturing and teaching roles. Recent graduates have also found employment in roles as diverse as prison governor, solicitor and policy adviser for organisations including the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Anderson Strathern and HM Prison Service.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You’ll find opportunities in the following fields: company and commercial law; comparative law; constitutional and administrative law; criminal law; criminology and criminal justice; environmental law; European law, policy and institutions; European private law; evidence and procedure; family law; gender and sexuality; human rights law; information technology law; intellectual property law; international law; labour law; legal theory; media law; medical law and ethics; obligations, contract delict, unjustified enrichment; property, trusts and successions; Roman law and legal history; socio-legal studies; and tax law.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A minimum UK 2:1 honours degree in law, arts or social sciences, and a UK Masters degree with at least 60% in the taught section and 65% or more in the dissertation, or their international equivalents.

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              19000 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

            Home/EU fees have still to be agreed

            PhD part-time fees

            • Overseas: £9,500

            Living costs for Edinburgh

            • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

            Funding

            • School of Law funding opportunities
            • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships
            • Research scholarships for international students

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