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Cardiff University School of Law and Politics - PhD Opportunities

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Profile Description

Cardiff University School of Law and Politics School is one of the largest law schools in Britain, attracting students from all over the world. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) recognised the School as a leading legal research institution, with 95% of our research activity classed as world-leading (4*), internationally excellent (3*) or of internally recognised quality (2*), and ranked us 7th in the UK.  Our research active staff span a broad spectrum of internationally recognised and acclaimed comtemporary scholarship.  The School's key research strengths are in: governance and constitutionalism, family law, civil justice, environmental law, human rights, international and comparative law, law and religion, and medicine, law and ethics.

The pre-eminence of Cardiff in the field of socio-legal studies is ilustrated to by the fact that the internationally renowned Journal of Law and Society is based in Cardiff Law School.  The Journal is established as the leading British periodical for Socio-Legal Studies.  It addresses issues from a range of legal cultures, as well as theoretical concerns of cross-cultural interest.

A particular strength of our research is its inter-disciplinary and collaborative nature.  Our researchers work with those at other Universities, both in the UK and abroad, to conduct curring-edge research of international relevance.  For example, Cardiff Law School is a founder member of the Network on Family, Regulation and Society, which brings together leading researchers in family law at the Universities of Exeter, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, and which is currently funded by a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant to develop a programme of research wtih scholars from Australia, the USA and Europe.

Research at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics 
The School can provide expert research supervision in all major leading subjects, in particular:

  • Civil Justice
  • Commercial
  • Contract
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Discriminational Law
  • European Law
  • Governance and Devolution
  • Human Rights
  • International Commercial Law
  • Legal Philosophy/Sociology
  • Medical Law
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Property Law
  • Public Law, Theory and Policy
  • Religion
  • Shipping Law
  • Social Care
  • Tort
  • Trusts

The PhD Programme
The School accords a high priority to the development of a thriving postgraduate research culture. We are keen to attract the next generation of legal scholars and to encourage innovative research. We offer opportunities for both full and part-time study leading to the degrees of PhD and MPhil.

The MPhil can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. The PhD programme can be studied full-time over three years or part-time over five years.

Postgraduate Research Students may commence their registration on any one of the four occasionduring the year:-
1st January, 1st April, 1st July or 1st October.

Funding Opportunities
A number of PhD studentships are usually available each year for UK and EU students. Available Studentships will be advertised on the School website and in the University's Funding and Scholarship Search database at, which also lists other potential funding opportunities.

Information about Law Research Scholarships can be found at

How to Apply
Prospective students are advised to contact the Postgraduate Office for guidance before making a formal application. Formal applications should be made using the Cardiff University Online Application Service. For information on how to apply online, please see

Information on Entry Requirements can be found at

Further Information
Law Postgraduate Office
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 4351
+44 (0)29 2087 4353
+44 (0)29 2087 6102
Email: [email protected]

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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