PhD, MPhil Law

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Research opportunities

You can study a PhD or an MPhil in Law.

A PhD requires three years of full-time study full-time and an MPhil requires one year of full-time study. The Law School also welcomes part-time PhD and MPhil students. Part-time research degrees provide a great opportunity to research in an area that relates to your profession.  They also enable you to undertake postgraduate research and gain a PhD or MPhil without having to leave employment.

The Law School has expertise in the following areas:

Further information on members of staff’s areas of expertise can be found under the supervisors' tab and on their staff profile pages.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Have a look at our scholarship search for any funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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NameAreas of expertise
Oles Andriychuk  
  • telecommunications law
  • competition law & the digital economy
  • internet law & intellectual property law
  • media law  
Malcolm Combe
  • property law
  • land law (particularly public access to land, land reform, and landlord and tenant law)
  • commercial law
  • access to justice
  • clinical legal education
Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann 
  • International & EU environmental law
Paul James Cardwell  
  • the European Union and the law and policy of its external relations (particular focus on migration and democracy promotion)                                              
Sylvie Da Lomba  
  • International refugee law
  • immigration & asylum law
  • EU immigration & asylum law & policy
  • migrants' rights
  • human rights
  • social & economic rights
  • EU law  
Angela Daly 
  • law & technology (with a focus on intellectual property)
  • data protection
  • telecoms regulation
  • competition law
  • human rights
Lorna Gillies 
  • international private law/conflict of laws
Charlie Irvine   
  • mediation in the justice system & the role of emotion in conflict
Mel Kenny
  • private law (in particular contract and Europeanised private law)
  • company and securities law
  • corporate governance
  • consumer and competition law
  • EU law
Genevieve Lennon  
  • counter-terrorism & security
  • human rights
James MacLean
  • legal theory & legal philosophy
  • international criminal law
  • transitional justice
  • miscarriages of justice
  • criminal law & criminal justice    
Christopher McCorkindale
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Administrative Law
Claire McDiarmid
  • Childhood and Crime
  • Children’s Hearings System
  • Criminal Law
  • Homicide
  • Youth Justice
Elisa Morgera 
  • international, European & comparative environmental law, with a particular focus on the interaction between biodiversity law & human rights (particularly those of indigenous peoples and local communities)
  • equity & sustainability in natural resource development
  • oceans governance
  • corporate accountability
Mary Neal
  • Bioethics
  • Dignity  Healthcare Law Human Rights
  • Legal Theory
  • Property theory
Kenneth Norrie
  • Children’s Hearings System
  • Child protection               
  • Defamation
  • Delict
  • Family Law
  • International Private Law
  • Privacy
  • Same-Sex Families
  • Succession Law
  • Sexual Orientation Law
Thérèse O'Donnell
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Hate Speech
  • Holocaust Legacy
  • Human Rights
  • Looted Art
  • Public International Law
  • Transitional Justice 
Michael Randall 
  • financial law & concern regulating behaviour predominantly in the financial sector through taxation at both national & international level 
Peter Robson  
  • Housing
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Poverty 
Barry Rodger
  • Competition Law
  • International Private Law
Emily Rose 
  • Labour Law
  • Legal Theory
Jane Scoular 
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Gender and Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Sex Work 
Francesco Sindico
  • Climate Change Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Water Law
  • Transboundary Aquifers
Stephanie Switzer   
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • World Trade Organisation
  • Global Health Security
  • Law and Epidemics
Cyrus Tata
  • Criminal Justice
  • Discretionary Decision-Making
  • Executive Release from Custody
  • Judicial Sentencing and Punishment
  • Legal Aid & Access to Justice
  • Plea Decision-Making
  • Judiciary
  • Penology
  • Penal Policy 
Saskia Vermeylen  


  • Legal theory
  • Legal Anthropology
  • Law and Literature
  • Levinas
  • Property theory
Jing Wang 
  • commercial law & competition law (with a focus on China's competition law)
Elaine Webster 
  • Dignity
  • Human Rights
  • Human Rights Education 
Rhonda Wheate 
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Evidence
  • Expert Evidence
  • Law Clinics
Rebecca Zahn 
  • Labour Law
  • European Social Policy
  • EU Law Comparative Law 
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Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) for MPhil/MRes

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.


The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

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From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Law Clinic

Our Law Clinic offers free legal assistance to people in Glasgow and the surrounding area who are unable to obtain legal assistance through other means.

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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

How to apply
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Before you apply

Before you apply online, we advise you to contact a potential supervisor and/or the PGR Director Professor Cyrus Tata (

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • your research proposal of 1,500 to 2,000 words in length. You can find a template for PhD and MPhil research proposals on our study with us page
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • your CV
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language. For postgraduate studies, we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (the test must be taken within two years of the application date)
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

You'll be notified of the outcome of your application through Pegasus, our online application system.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer of a place of study on our PhD or MPhil programme, we'll send you a full offer in writing via the email address you provided.

We'll need you to fulfil any outstanding academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask for.

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3738


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