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:
- Socio-legal studies
- Access to justice & the provision of legal services
- Constitutional & administrative law
- Dispute resolution
- Environmental law & governance
- Human rights
- Law, crime & justice
- Law, technology & regulation
- Scottish private law
- International & EU Migration Law & Governance
- EU & UK Competition Law
- EU & UK Labour Law
- EU External Relations
- Law & Society
- Finance Law
- Internet law & policy
- Intellectual property
- Data protection
- Law and technology
Further information on members of staff’s areas of expertise can be found under the supervisors' tab and on their staff profile pages.
Read what our students say
I have found the research community at Strathclyde to be very engaged. Anytime I feel the need to discuss a topic or ask for assistance on anything, I know there is someone I can turn to.
The support that I have received thus far at Strathclyde has been exceptional. I set up regular meetings with my supervisors, who help me define the focus and direction of my research.
As a part-time, mature student working mainly overseas, the University was very flexible with my study timescales, attendance at courses and meetings with my supervisors.
Bryan Yan Wang
My supervisors always give me very helpful feedback. Instead of giving me direct answers, they always encourage me to the find the answer by myself, which is helpful in developing critical thinking skills and independent study skills.
The university also offers a range of training courses for PhD students on topics from tutoring to presenting your research, which is useful not only in the context of completing the PhD but preparing for the next steps of your career.
Strathclyde encourages critical thinking. Our master courses focus on discussion. During the seminars, students have the opportunities to share their views based on their cultural background, experiences and readings. This communication inspires the students to understand the world from different angles.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.Visit our international students' section
Before you apply
Before you apply online, we advise you to contact a potential supervisor and/or the PGR Director Dr Sylvie Da Lomba (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.
All you have to do is complete an online application.