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Doctor of Legal Practice

The programme has been designed to provide those who work in the broad area of the public and human service professions an opportunity to study part-time for a doctorate.

A professional doctorate is a research degree designed for those in professional practice to deepen their understanding and engagement with practice. You may be interested in conventional legal doctrinal research, perhaps in a practice-based area such as funding of litigation; or the law in action in areas such as insolvency law or legal education by rigorous socio-legal data collection and analysis.

A suitable research project for the professional doctorate will have a close relationship with your own practice and identity as a lawyer. It may involve investigating or implementing change at an organisational or wider level. It will involve you in making decisions about what and how to research, and in exploring the implications of that research, not only for your practice, but for yourself.

Consistent with the approach used successfully by Nottingham Law School for almost twenty years, you will be encouraged to engage in a process of continuous reflection on yourself, your practice and your research throughout the programme. We expect you to become expert in your chosen field of investigation, developing and demonstrating your autonomy and confidence as a researching professional through discussion, reading and research investigation.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be well qualified in your chosen field.
  • Applicants are normally in possession of a master's degree or equivalent qualification (which may include professional qualifications).
  • They typically have at least seven years of relevant experience.
  • Students with only a good honours degree in your field or a master's degree in an unrelated field, provided you have an equivalent amount of professional experience in the field to that expected of standard candidates, may be considered.
  • International applicants will need to supply evidence of English language proficiency.

Course modules

The Doctor of Legal Practice involves students in two formal elements of activity: workshops and supervision of their own research projects.

You will attend three to four two day workshops, in Nottingham, in each of the first three years of your study.

These are co-taught with the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Social Practice and deal with topics that are generically relevant to research at doctorate level. Each workshop or group of workshops is linked to a specific stage in the project.


Please note that all tuition fees are subject to an annual increase.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Professional Doctorate Part-time day £ 2,900 (Academic year) Home/EU 8 Years
Professional Doctorate Part-time day £ 6,625 (Academic year) International 8 Years

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