• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom| Online
Our experienced academics in the School of Law, many of whom are engaged in internationally recognised research, will provide you with supervision as you pursue a research programme for the award of a PhD degree. 
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The Law programme is offered at Birmingham City University.Once enrolled, your appointed supervisors, supported by a Director of Research will help you prepare a proposal for registration, the next formal stage in the research programme.

The Law programme is offered at Birmingham City University.

Why Choose Us?

  • We aim to enhance your academic and personal development and equip you with the skills and resources to undertake high-quality research.
  • You will join a thriving research community, comprised of the Centre for American Legal Studies (CALS), Centre for Human Rights (CHR) and the Centre for Law, Science and Policy (CLSP).
  • Research students, who have access to a dedicated research room, are encouraged to publish in collaboration with their supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

What's covered in the course?

Doctoral research allows students to development advanced skills in research, project management, critical thinking, argument construction and drafting, and to be innovative.

Our PhD students benefit from regular supervision meetings with academics who are experts in their field; and have the opportunity to become members of our proactive research community made up of academics, postgraduate researchers and external partners.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Full Time (3-4 Years) Part Time (4-7 Years) Distance Learning (4-7 Years)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Criminal Justice System
  • Death Penalty Studies
  • US Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights
  • Conflict Resolution
  • EU Competition Law
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Corporate Trusts
  • Pensions and Investment Regulations
  • Child Law
  • Corporate Crime
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Jurisprudence of Natural Rights, Legal Theory and Ethics
  • Employment Law and Labour Relations

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, in a discipline related to law, to be considered for a PhD. 
  • Some PhD opportunities, such as those funded by a particular research council, may additionally require a Masters level degree. 
  • In addition, international applicants must satisfy the University's proficiency in English Language requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • PT - £2,130 per year
  • DL - £2,663 per year
  • PT - £6,000 per year
  • DL - £7,500 per year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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