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Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Law

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The School of Law fosters and promotes research in all major fields of legal study. Our national and international research standing represents our excellence. The School is ranked in the top 10 for law by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019. We are also ranked 5th in the UK for criminology by the Guardian Good University Guide 2019. The School of Law is ranked 4th in the UK for the Impact of Research in the most recent REF exercise (2014).

We recognise the growing internationalisation of research agendas in legal, socio-legal, and criminal justice studies. We run lively programmes of seminars and colloquia, host visiting scholars and work with key policy makers.

We concentrate our research work into five research centres:

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP)
  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS)
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice (LSJ)
  • Law and Emerging Technlogies Resarch Group (LET)
  • Disability Law Hub

We offer two research degree paths for postgraduate researchers:

  • PhD
  • MA by Research

Find out more about research opportunities in the School of Law by visiting our website:


The School of Law and the University of Leeds offer a number of scholarships to UK/EU and international candidates wishing to pursue postgraduate research opportunities. You can find out more about scholarships by visiting our website:

What our postgraduate researchers say...

"The School of Law at the University of Leeds, not only furnished me with legal knowledge, but also the drive and inspiration needed to achieve greater developments in the legal sector, to apply my expertise in cross-jurisdiction research to business scenarios in the UK, China and beyond." Dr Michael Shen, Senior Sino-Europe Legal Consultant at Burton Burton & Ho LLP Solicitors

"One of the main reasons I decided to conduct my research at the School of Law was because of the quality of research staff and opportunities provided to all research students.The quality of supervision provided to me was also invaluable. Since graduating, I have been working as a university Professor teaching Constitutional and Human Rights Law."  Professor Ali Riza Coban

Funding Notes

The School of Law is pleased to offer scholarships for candidates undertaking full-time or part-time study towards a PhD degree within the school, starting in October 2019.

For further information and how to apply, visit our website:
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How good is research at University of Leeds in Law?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 29.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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