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Law research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

PhD

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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.

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Details

Open for admission in 2022/23

Full time Part time
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* The length of programme registration will be longer as it includes the maximum writing-up phase.

Start in January, May or September

Research

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


Full time:
£4,596 per year (2022 entry)

Part time: £2,298 per year (2022 entry)

Fees for home students studying in 2023 will be confirmed in the Spring

International


Full time:
£16,250 per year

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

Postgraduate research programme structures


PhD

  • Full-time: 3 years of research, with up to 12 months writing up if required
  • Part-time: 5 years of research, with up to 20 months of writing up if required

Masters

  • Full-time: one year of research, with up to 12 months writing up if required
  • Part-time: 2 years of research, with up to 24 months of writing up if required

Writing-up and thesis submission


A standard full-time PhD programme comprised three years of research plus up to 12 months of writing-up. Part-time is five years plus up to 20 months writing-up if needed. Full-time standard Masters programmes are comprised one year of research plus up to 12 months of writing-up if needed; and part time Masters programmes have two years of research with up to two years of writing-up.

For full-time students, the writing-up phase typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing-up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork. The maximum writing-up period is included in your overall programme length, which means that international PGRs will not need to apply for an additional visa to cover the writing-up phase.

If you need to move into the writing-up period of your research degree, you must enrol for this phase and you will be liable to pay a continuation fee.

The fees for the writing-up period for 2022/23 are:

Full time

  • Writing-up fee £330
  • Rebate for submission within first 3 months of the research period end date 100%
  • Rebate for submission between 4- 6 months of the research period end date 50%
  • Rebate for submission between 7-9 months of the research period end date 25%

Part time

  • Continuation Fee £165
  • Rebate for submission within first 3 months of the research period end date 100%
  • Rebate for submission between 4- 6 months of the research period end date 50%
  • Rebate for submission between 7-9 months of the research period end date 25%

Thesis submission timelines


It is expected that you will submit your thesis within the timeframes outlined below:

Masters degrees

  • Submission by one year and 3 months full-time.
  • Submission by 2 years and 6 months part-time.

Doctoral degrees

  • Submission by 3 years and 3 months full-time.
  • Submission by 5 years and 6 months for part-time.

Doctoral Loan

UK students who haven’t secured a scholarship can take out a Doctoral Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £26,445 for full-time and part-time PhDs in all subject areas.

EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few.

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.

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The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules 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 Doctoral College 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

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in law or an appropriate related discipline.

With your application, you should submit a research proposal of between 1,000 - 1,500 words, addressing the key research questions, the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature, the proposed methodology and how the thesis will be an original contribution to the existing literature.

International students

If you require a 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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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