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Research opportunities

You can study a PhD or an MPhil in Law. A PhD in Law requires three years of full-time study full-time while an MPhil requires one year of full-time study.

The Strathclyde 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.

Our expertise

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.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £4,712
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £4,712
International

£18,050

Funding

Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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

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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Supervisors

NameAreas of expertise

 Projects Welcome 

Dominic Aitken
  • punishment and penal policy
  • imprisonment and immigration detention
  • criminal law and criminal justice
  • criminological theory
  • punishment and penal policy
  • imprisonment and immigration detention
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
  • Scottish land reform
  • Scots property law
Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann 
  • international & EU environmental law
 
Pablo Grez Hidalgo
  • constitutional & administrative law
  • non-judicial mechanism of constitutional and legal review
  • parliamentary accountability
  • The role of Law in Public Health Emergencies.
  • political accountability
  • non-judicial review
  • Scottish constitutional reform
  • Scottish Parliamentary committees and accountability
Sylvie Da Lomba  
  • international refugee law
  • immigration & asylum law
  • EU immigration & asylum law & policy
  • migrants' rights
  • human rights
  • social & economic rights
  • EU law  
 
Michelle Donnelly
  • child and family law;
  • child justice
  • child protection
  • childhood offending
  • children and families' rights.
  • UNCRC incorporation and child justice
  • Participation in child protection processes.
Alyson Evans
  • Scots Family Law
  • Children's Rights
  • The Children's Hearing System
  • Child Protection, especially in non-familial settings (for example, sport)
  • The Children's Hearing System
  • Child Protection in Sport
Simon Haliday
  • socio-legal studies
  • legal culture
  • administrative justice
  • public law
  • Administrative fairness: public perceptions of fairness in public administration
  • Legal consciousness: what people think and do in relation to law in everyday life
Charlie Irvine 
  • mediation in the justice system & the role of emotion in conflict
  • mediation in the justice system
  • the role of emotion in conflict
Douglas Jack
  • constitutional law
  • human rights law
  • protection of human rights in Scotland
  • multi-institutional protection of human rights 
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
  • devolution in the UK
  • Hannah Arendt and the law
Claire McDiarmid
  • childhood and crime
  • children’s hearings system
  • criminal law
  • homicide
  • youth justice
  • Scots criminal law and children
 Lynsey Mitchell
  • international human rights law
  • women’s rights
  • reproductive rights
  • gender & sexuality
  • feminist legal theory
  • women & conflict
  • abortion and human rights
  • gendered approaches to human rights law 
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
  • healthcare law
  • abortion law
  • assisted dying and the law
  • beginning-of-life and end-of-life ethics
  • conscientious objection in healthcare
  • healthcare professionalism and ethics
  • legal theory
  • theory of property
  • human dignity
  • vulnerability and the law
 
Maria Ntona
  • legal theory
  • legal geography
  • international & EU environmental law
  • human rights and the environment
  • oceans governance (with an emphasis on the social & institutional dimensions)
 
Thérèse O'Donnell
  • counter-terrorism
  • hate speech
  • holocaust legacy
  • human rights
  • looted art
  • public international law
  • transitional justice 
  • public international law
  • human rights law 
Michael Randall 
  • financial law & concern regulating behaviour predominantly in the financial sector through taxation at both national & international level 
 
Barry Rodger
  • competition law
  • international private law
 
Emily Rose 
  • labour law
  • legal theory
  • Labour markets and the employment relationship in the innovation economy 
Jane Scoular 
  • feminist legal theory
  • gender and law
  • legal theory
  • sex work 
  • sex work regulation 

Birgit Schippers

  • human rights, artificial intelligence & data privacy
  • law, justice & algorithmic decision-making
  • legal & ethical regulation of biometric technologies
  • online speech, online harms & disinformation
  • critical human rights theories
 
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 
  • criminal justice
  • discretionary decision-making
  • Sentencing and punishment
  • Scottish access to justice
  • Scottish criminal justice
Saskia Vermeylen  
  • legal theory
  • legal anthropology
  • law and literature
  • levinas
  • property theory
 
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)

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.

Careers

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.

Student support

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.

More about our Law Clinic

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Apply

Before you apply

Before you apply online, we advise you to contact a potential supervisor and/or the PGR co-Director Dr Lynsey Mitchell, lynsey.mitchell@strath.ac.uk.

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.

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Law

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Law

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Law

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Law

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Law

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Law

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Law

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Law

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Law

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Law

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Law

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

Law

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2025 - Sep 2026

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Law

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3738

Email: hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk

Lord Hope Building, Level 3, 141 St James Road , Glasgow, G4 0LT

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