Law research degrees

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Our programmes

We welcome applications for postgraduate research into many areas of law at either MPhil or 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 70,000 words for an MPhil, or 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.


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.


Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

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

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


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.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the MPhil/PhD programme, 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 (language requirements)

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 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.


Law has a vibrant, varied and interdisciplinary research culture supporting a diversity of research perspectives, objectives and methodologies.

We specialise in doctrinal analysis, historical and theoretical studies of law, socio-legal studies, criminological research and comparative legal analysis.