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PhD, MPhilLaw

Research opportunities

You can study a PhD or an MPhil in Law.

A PhD requires three years of study and an MPhil requires one year of study.

You can study either option in any of our main research groups:

You also have the option of studying in any area in which our staff have expertise.


NameAreas of Expertise
Alan Paterson
  • Access to justice
  • Lawyers’ Ethics Legal Aid
  • Legal Profession
  • The Judiciary
  • Professional Ethics                           
Aileen McHarg
  • Climate Change Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Energy Regulation
  • Public Law
  • Regulatory Theory 
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
Claire McDiarmid
  • Childhood and Crime
  • Children’s Hearings System
  • Criminal Law
  • Homicide
  • Youth Justice      
Bryan Clark
  • Civil Dispute
  • Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law Mediation 
Francesco Sindico
  • Climate Change Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law               
  • International Water Law
  • Transboundary Aquifers                                
Barry Rodger
  • Competition Law
  • International Private Law

Christopher McCorkindale

  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Administrative Law 

Thérèse O'Donnell

  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Hate Speech
  • Holocaust Legacy
  • Human Rights
  • Looted Art
  • Public International Law
  • Transitional Justice 
Genevieve Lennon  
  • Counter-Terrorism and Security
  • Human Rights     
 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 
Monica Barry  
  • Criminal Justice Disposals
  • Criminology
  • Desistance
  • Imprisonment and reintegration
  • Risk Management
  • Youth Justice      
Elaine Webster  
  • Dignity
  • Human Rights
  • Human Rights Education 
Lilian Edwards  
  • E-Commerce
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy and Data Protection         
Stephanie Switzer  
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • World Trade Organisation
  • Global Health Security
  • Law and Epidemics           
Mark Poustie  
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Planning Law
  • Regulatory Theory                 
Sylvie Da Lomba  
  • International Refugee Law
  • Immigration and Asylum Law
  • EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy
  • Migrants' Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Social and Economic Rights
  • EU Law  
Nicole Busby  
  • European Social Policy
  • Labour Law          
Donald  Nicolson  
  • Evidence
  • Law Clinics
  • Lawyers’ Ethics
  • Legal Theory     
Jane Scoular 
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Gender and Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Sex Work 
Peter Robson  
  • Housing
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Poverty                 
Abhilash Nair  
  • Internet Law
Neil Hutton  
  • Penology
  • Punishment
  • Sentencing
  • Sociology of Criminal Justice                         
Rebecca Zahn  
  • Labour Law
  • European Social Policy
  • EU Law Comparative Law 
Emily Rose 
  • Legal Theory
  • Labour Law     

Fees & funding



All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,260*

Rest of UK

  • £4,260*

* Please note that 2018-19 PGR entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period

International students

  • £13,000


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.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements

The application

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

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts & certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 1,500 to 2,000 words in length, detailing the subject area & topic to be investigated

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


You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible.

When you've identified a potential supervisor, based upon how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself.

In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV.

Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage - you'll have help from the Law School to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus; our online application system.

If you accept our offer, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for all our 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 out 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 help 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 PG Cert RPD programme.


We have a great careers service that 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 loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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