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Kent Law School - Centre of world class research

Kent Law School

About the Programme

Kent Law School at the University of Kent is a dynamic and cosmopolitan centre of world class critical legal research, offering a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment in which to study a variety of postgraduate research degrees. Our programmes are open to both law and non-law graduates and attract professionals looking to develop their legal knowledge. We welcome applications for research degrees in a wide range of areas. Programmes offered include:

Law - LLM, MPhil
Law - PhD
Socio-legal Studies - LLM, MPhil, Phd

A specialist PhD Programme is also available at Kent's centre in Brussels.

Kent Law School has an excellent international reputation; it is ranked 51st in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for Law 2020 and listed among thetop 150 law schools in the world in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent Law School was ranked 8th for research intensity in the Times Higher Education. Almost all (99%) of the research submitted to the REF was judged to be of international quality and the School's environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.


The University has a £12m Postgraduate Scholarship Fund which includes awards from the UK Research Councils. We offer research studentships awarded by funders that include: Kent Law School; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS); and the Arts and Humanities Research Council via the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts, South East (CHASE). For details of the funding and scholarships we offer, please use the Find a Scholarship tool on our Postgraduate Scholarships and Funding page.

Further information

For details of entry requirements and tuition fees please see the relevant course page.

Making an application
Each research project is unique, requiring specialised and individual supervision of the student concerned. Because of the importance of expert supervision of research students, the Law School accepts applications only where it is clear that appropriate supervision can be provided. Before deciding on a research topic, or finalising the proposal, we recommend that applicants make informal contact with a member of the Law School academic staff with relevant research interests. Contact details of staff are on our website or you can email the Directors of Postgraduate Research

Advice about making an application (and guidance on writing a research proposal) is available on our website.

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Funding Notes

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.

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