Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Law research degrees

Postgraduate - Research


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About our programmes

We welcome applications for postgraduate research into many areas of law at PhD level. Our particular range of specialisms includes areas as diverse as contract, international, maritime, comparative and criminal justice, human rights, European Union law, and public law among many others.

In each programme, students write a detailed research thesis on a topic they have chosen under the supervision of a member of staff specialising in that area of law. A thesis is presented of 100,000 words for a PhD. Candidates are also required to attend a viva voce (oral) examination.

Our postgraduate students are a fully integrated part of Law and our research students make an important contribution to our vibrant research culture. You are given expert supervision from at least two academic members of staff, research training and financial assistance to fund research trips and attend conferences. We also stage dedicated workshops, seminars and conferences for our PhD students.


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


Law supports two specialist research institutes

  • McCoubrey Centre for International Law
  • Institute of European Public Law

Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics including civil liberties, company law, international, maritime, comparative and criminal justice, European Union law, human rights, international law, legal theory and philosophy, public law and many more.

"I wanted to take an interdisciplinary approach to my research into mediation – and Hull gave me the chance to do that, which is unusual in my field. I have developed as a person and this study has opened up many desirable career opportunities that I didn’t have before.”

Timea Tallodi, PhD in Workplace Mediation

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have, or be about to obtain, a degree in law or an appropriate related discipline of first or second class standard or equivalent, or a relevant Masters degree, and be able to show suitable research potential.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.