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PhD study is substantially different from other types of postgraduate work as each candidate devises their own independent research project. At the University of Bristol Law School, comprehensive research training is provided by expert academics, who also offer guidance and supervision of your research project. If you are undertaking socio-legal research, initial research training will take the form of the MSc Socio-Legal Studies programme, which is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council.

As a PhD Law student you will become part of the school's primary unit system, which provides support for research students, and you will be invited to participate in the Law School's staff seminar programme. There may also be opportunities to undertake some part-time teaching within the school. Travel and conference funding is available for research students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law (or equivalent) or a Master's qualification. 

English language requirements:​

7.0 overall​, minimum 6.5 in all bands.

Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 (MSc and PhD) and +3 (PhD) ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the AHRC, the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

There may be a graduate teaching assistantship available in the Law School. Visit the school's fees and funding web pages for further information.


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2018 GBP 2,118 (Year 1) Home/EU 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,235 (Year 1) Channel Islands 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 16,300 (Year 1) International 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 4,235 (Year 1) Home/EU 4 Years

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