Law, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)


Here at Anglia Law School, you’ll find staff who are experienced in most areas of law, including business law, corporate governance, international law, sports law, property law, environment, planning and land management, and human rights.

We’ll allocate you two supervisors suited to your area of research, with additional staff members available if necessary, and provide you with a rich and stimulating environment in which to conduct your research.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      PhD: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Anglia Law School has strong links to research networks in Anglia Ruskin and the wider community. We also host and take part in many other research events, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars, which will allow you to present your research in a safe and supportive setting. These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.

All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.


Our permanent supervisory staff are recognised as experts in their fields, and have produced a large number of influential books, journal articles and edited collections. Our expertise in law includes:

Dr Penny English: cultural property law; issues of archaeological heritage.

Professor Rob Home: environmental law; planning and land management.

Dr Oriola Sallavaci: criminal law; the law of evidence; comparative criminal law and procedure; EU law; criminal justice; criminology; forensic sciences.

Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira: international contracts; international trade law; international commercial arbitration.

John O'Leary: sports law.

Tom Serby: sports law, legal education, business, employment, criminal law.

Andrew Gilbert: family law and policy.

Julia Ramsay: insolvency.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11900 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

  • £2,098


For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

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