Edinburgh Law School was established in 1707. Renowned for our international and interdisciplinary outlook, we have been at the heart of legal education and research for more than 300 years.
Edinburgh Law School is renowned for its research excellence. We strive to produce work that has real-world reach and influence. Our postgraduate research body is key to the School's research activities and we work hard to ensure that our research students are fully engaged with staff and projects across all our legal disciplines.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we were ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK* based on the breadth and quality of our research. (*Research Fortnight Power Rank). We have research excellence in a vibrant range of fields, spanning an exciting spectrum of law, socio-legal studies and criminology.
Studying your PhD at Edinburgh Law School
A PhD at Edinburgh Law School involves undertaking independent research, culminating in the submission of a 100,000-word thesis, which should be an original piece of work that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of study and contains material worthy of publication.
The PhD student community
Edinburgh Law School has a diverse and dynamic PhD student body, which is very active in organising academic and social events. The student body also elects the Postgraduate Research Student Board to further the interests of the postgraduate research student community and to serve as a link between research students and the staff in the Law School.
Training and support
We offer excellent research training and support for PhD students through the Doctoral Research Training Programme.
In the first year of the programme, PhD students take part in a structured course covering legal research methods and transferable skills.
The focus of training in the second year is on supporting the external dissemination of work.
In the third year, all students participate in our Student Presentation Series while they also work on refining their thesis in readiness for submission.
As a doctoral student at Edinburgh Law School, you will be assisted by two supervisors who are experts in their field of study and who are carefully chosen to provide you with the best possible support to develop your thesis. PhD supervision is available across an extensive range of legal and criminological subjects.
There are a range of funding options available please visit our website for further information.
Our PhD students go on to pursue careers in a variety of fields. Many of the former students have gone on to undertake an academic career in law or criminology at leading universities around the world. Others have also gone on to work in private practice, for national governments or for international organisations.
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.