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Law By Distance Learning, PhD/MPhil/MJur

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) Online
The Law By Distance Learning from University of Birmingham requires you to research and write a thesis of 80,000 words with supervision from academic staff, the work should make an original contribution to knowledge.

About

The 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF) confirmed the excellent reputation for doctrinal, empirical and theoretical research, particularly in the fields of commercial law, criminal law, criminal justice, judicial administration, European law, public law, human rights, international law, private law, restitution, conflicts of law, international economic law, comparative law, health and social welfare, socio-legal studies and legal theory.

Full-time students are expected to complete their work within three years. This Law By Distance Learning from University of Birmingham can also be studied by Distance Learning.

Career

Postgraduate Research students have the opportunity to benefit from extensive careers advice and employability support in their time in the Law School. Those interested in a qualifying as a lawyer have access to a wide range of events and activities, as we have regular visits from major law firms and barristers’ chambers. All of our careers and employability activities are organised through the Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER).

For those interested in pursuing a career in academia, we have an annual lecture on that route. In addition, we offer a specific session exclusively for postgraduate researchers, which includes advice on developing one’s career profile and ultimately securing a job in higher education. Students are also able to seek individual advice on their career progress. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications are accepted at any time though we strongly encourage students to begin their studies at the start of the UK academic year (September).
  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      PhD – 3 years full-time;MPhil – 2 years full-time; MJur – 1 year full-time
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      PhD –  6 years part-time; MPhil - 4 years part-time; MJur – 2 years part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Why study this course

  • Academic expertise - PhD supervision from internationally renowned researchers
  • Seminars and conferences: Invited to attend various staff seminars and guest lectures during the academic year
  • Employability - Birmingham is one of the top universities in the UK for graduate employment

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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).

  • A first class or upper second class UK honours degree in law (or a subject related to the proposed area of research) or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17040 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4320 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.
  • UK/EU part-time: £2,160/year
  • International part-time: £8,520/year

Funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.  

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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