Study a PhD at the University of Bradford and contribute new and significant knowledge to the field of law.
Why study a law PhD?
- conduct legal research under the supervision of two expert members of academic staff
- take part in a research training programme which provides you with the knowledge and skills to design and conduct a rigorous PhD research project
- present your work and meet experts in your field at research seminars and student conferences
- develop the independent research skills needed to pursue a career in academia, international institutions, industry, government, the legal profession, or consultancy
Your research proposal
Read our guide on submitting a research proposal.
Our School of Law is keen to receive PhD proposals relating to all core law subjects, and those relating to the specialist interests of our academic staff, including:
Professor Engobo Emeseh
Environmental law and policy with particular interests in regulation and enforcement, environmental justice, corporate social responsibility, and the interface between environmental regulation and international economic law.
Dr Sanna Elfving
Immigration, equality and European Union law. Her recent research publications focus on the judgements of the Court of Justice of the EU and EU citizens’ rights of residence in the Uk after Brexit.
Dr Ilias Kapsis
Banking and finance law, commercial law, technology law, competition law and law of sustainable development.
Dr Ajay Kumar
International tax and regulatory compliance, with a focus on international tax, law and development, corporate law and financial crimes.
Dr Pedi Obani
Promoting inclusive development and environmental sustainability, mainly through an analysis of multi-level governance, legal pluralism and the application of transdisciplinary research methodology.
Dr Prince Olokotor
International arbitration and comparative law, extractive industry, access to justice, social and community care law, international commercial law and international development law.
Dr Chris Taylor
The criminal justice system, the law of evidence, and criminal procedure. His main area of interest is the law of pre-trial disclosure in criminal cases under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996.
Dr Mark Van Hoorebeek
Intellectual property, including patents, copyright and the fixation of know-how within innovation processes.
Distance learning research opportunities
If your project is suitable, you may be able to study by distance learning – meaning you can shape the future of the legal sector from anywhere in the world.
Our distance learning students enjoy access to all the same online resources and support as our campus-based students.
- Our reputation for research: 96% of our research was rated world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
- PGR Connect: our peer support initiative for research students
- PGR Lounge: the on-campus hub of our research community
- Postgraduate Research Framework: extensive support resources for our research students
Find out more about life as a research student at Bradford.
We can help you source funding for your project. There are multiple sources of financial support available, including:
The minimum requirements to apply for a PhD are:
- First or upper second class Bachelor’s degree at an approved university or institution, or equivalent qualifications
- A Master’s degree in Law or related subjects with average marks of 60% or equivalent
- A professional qualification of degree standard obtained by examination
Find out more about our entry requirements on the School of Law PhD page.
Applications can be submitted at any time, with start dates available in February, June and October every year.
Full details on applying for an advertised project or submitting a research proposal can be found on our postgraduate research website.
Contact the School of Law
If you would like more information about studying a research degree at our School of Law, please contact:
Sanna Elfving, Associate Professor: firstname.lastname@example.org