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About the Programme

Join a leading Law school

UEA Law School is a vibrant and supportive community of expert academics & scholars, housed in the splendid 17th century Earlham Hall. It has strong links to the wider community, producing excellent policy-relevant and internationally recognised research. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ranked the School 21st in the UK for its research in Law (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis). Over 70% of its research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Research at the School of Law, UEA

Our approach to research is two-fold. We are always keen to attract new students in our key areas of specialism:

• Competition Law

• Commercial Law

• Media, IT and IP Law

• Human Rights and Public Protest

• International and EU Law

We are also keen to support excellent research wherever it may be found. The Law School has active researchers in criminal law and criminal justice; criminology; constitutional law; private law (contract, tort and chancery); insurance; medical law; international investment; arbitration; environmental law; refugee law. Our research covers a host of approaches, from the purely doctrinal, theoretical or empirical, to socio-legal, economic, or anthropological analyses of law.

We have well-developed collaborations with the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) – with colleagues from Economics, Politics and the Norwich Business School - and the media@uea network. We also maintain strong links with practitioners, industry and policy-makers through the Centre for Creativity, Enterprise Regulation and Technology (CREATe).

The School has success in winning large grant applications – from the ESRC, the British Academy, the Legal Services Board and most recently from the Nuffield Foundation (on medical capacity and consent). The School's research also has Impact. Professor Andreas Stephan has been instrumental in shaping UK and Australian government policy on cartel offences. Our faculty have co-written international “soft law” guidelines (Dr Michael Hamilton on peaceful assembly), given evidence to legislative committees (Dr Nikos Skoutaris on Brexit and devolution) and are members of advisory bodies and panels.

The School welcomes the chance to play a formative role in the career development of its young researchers. We offer a full programme of training sessions for PhD students, ample teaching opportunities (in core and optional modules), and an annual PhD symposium to showcase your work.


A number of funded studentships are offered throughout the academic year: through ESRC/SeNSS Doctoral Training Programme; the Social Science Faculty at UEA; and the UEA Law School itself. 

Deadlines for application are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding .

For further information please visit our web pages.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire for further information.

Funding Notes

The Studentships will cover full tuition fees, irrespective of whether applicants are UK/EU or International, a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,609 per year), and a research training support grant.

Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a good Master’s degree (that is, an award of a Merit or average 60%), and with a dissertation mark of at least 65%.

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