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  PhD (School of Law) Doctorate


 Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Programme

Study a PhD at the University of Bradford and contribute new and significant knowledge to the field of law.

Why study a law PhD?

You will:

  • 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 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. 

Why Bradford?

  • 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

Funding opportunities

We can help you source funding for your project. There are multiple sources of financial support available, including: 

January 2024 Scholarships available – find out more here.

Entry requirements 

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.    

Application deadlines

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:  

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

Register your interest for this programme

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