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  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

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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. The School has strong links to the wider community, producing excellent policy-relevant and internationally recognised research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), UEA was ranked 21st in the UK for its research in Law (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis). Over 70% of UEA's law research was ranked world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Research at the School of Law, UEA
Our approach to research is two-fold. We believe in the importance of larger collaborative and interdisciplinary projects and our strategy is focused on developing critical mass in key areas of specialism:

• Competition Law
• Commercial Law
• Media, IT and IP Law
• Human Rights and Public Protest
• International and EU Law

Our two main collaborations are the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) – with colleagues from Economics, Politics and the Norwich Business School and the [email protected] network. We also maintain strong links with practitioners, industry and policy-makers through the Centre for Creativity, Enterprise Regulation and Technology (CREATe).

Secondly, we support excellent research wherever it may be found, whether or not in core “clusters”. The School has active researchers in criminal law, procedure, evidence and policing; in private law (contract, tort and chancery); medical law; legal theory; and in company law. Our research covers a host of approaches, from the purely doctrinal, theoretical or empirical, to socio-legal, economic, or anthropological analyses of law. Find our more about our faculty's research interests.

The School has success in winning large grant applications – from the ESRC for the CCP, from 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 protest), 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 weekly training sessions for PhD students, ample teaching opportunities (in core and optional modules), and an annual PhD symposium to showcase your work.


The deadline for these studentships has now passed.

A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course.

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 £15,099 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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