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PhD, MPhilLaw

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. Postgraduate research students can elect to study on a part-time basis.

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.


NameAreas of Expertise
Oles Andriychuk 
  • telecommunications law
  • competition law & the digital economy
  • internet law & intellectual property law
  • media law    
Nicole Busby  
  • European social policy
  • labour law          
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


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 


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 

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

2019/20 entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,327

Rest of UK

  • £4,327

International students

  • £13,550


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.

Before you apply online, we advise you to contact a potential supervisor and/or the PGR Director Dr Sylvie Da Lomba (

Online application process

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 & 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

Once you've accepted our offer of a place 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.

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.

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