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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. Over 75% of its research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021). 

Research at the School of Law, UEA 

We support excellent research, covering a host of approaches, from the purely doctrinal, theoretical or empirical, to socio-legal, economic, or anthropological analyses of law. We are keen to attract new PhD students with the potential to augment that, whether that be in areas where we have research “clusters” 

• Competition Law  

• Company & Commercial Law, Trade Law, and Dispute Resolution 

• Media, IT and IP Law  

• Public and Private International Law and EU Law 

 or working alongside our active expert researchers in areas as diverse as: caring responsibilities and the law; criminal law, criminal justice and criminology; data protection and Big Data; environmental law; legal theory; medical law; private law (contract, tort and chancery); protest law, public order and policing; and refugee 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. 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 places value on the fact that its research has outward-facing engagement and impact. School faculty have advisory roles on bodies such as the Ofgem’s (UK energy regulator) academic panel, and the National Police Chiefs' Council's Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing. Others have held appointments as Academic Fellows to parliamentary committees, sit on editorial boards of prestigious journals, have delivered training abroad to lawyers and judges, given evidence to committees and inquiries, and been consulted by international organisations, governments and practitioners. 

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 and ample teaching opportunities (in core and optional modules). Many of our PhD students are members of the various research groups across the School, and participate in our weekly research seminars. They are able there to present their research in a friendly and supportive environment, as well as at the School’s annual colloquium for our own PhD students. 


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 postgraduate research degrees 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 £17,688 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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