The School's Profile:
The School of Law at the University of Reading is identified as one of the UK's top 10 research-intensive Law Schools by the Government's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, reflecting the volume and concentration of internationally-excellent research conducted across the whole of the School (Times Higher Education Supplement, 01/01/2015). To complement the School's dynamic and thriving research culture, we welcome high quality applicants from all over the world to pursue research degrees.
Throughout your time in the School of Law you will work with international authorities in their fields and be part of a dynamic research community that thrives on challenging ideas and pioneering solutions to complex problems. Depending on your area of research, you will be able to collaborate with researchers across disciplines within the University.
More information can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/law/pg-research/law-pgr-phdprogrammes.aspx
Our Research Strengths:
Reflecting the breadth of expertise of our staff, the School offers PhD supervision in a wide range of areas, including both doctrinal and socio-legal work. Our staff's areas of expertise span the following themes:
Global Law at Reading: The home of public international law, EU law and human rights law at Reading.
Justice, Rights and Legal Theory: How does the law define and balance the interests of different individuals and groups?
Family, Gender & Sexuality: Scholars in this research group work on a range of projects around gender and law, sexuality and law, feminist legal studies and family law, across a range of jurisdictions.
Public Policy: In what ways can the law change and improve the ways that social institutions work?
Legal History: How does the past shape the laws that govern us in the present?
Property, Transactions & Markets: Our research incorporates all transactions regardless of the identity of the parties or the nature or type of the transaction as well as markets that are subject to regulation.
The School of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation at the University of Reading boast a thriving research community made up of established academic scholars, emerging young researchers and PhD students. It provides excellent guidance and support for PhD students, along with exciting career and personal development opportunities offered through the Graduate School. All PhD students undertake the Reading Researcher Development Programme and the School of Law offers a tailor-made research methods module for its PhD students.
Applicants with interests in the following areas are especially welcome: Public Law; Commercial Law, Criminal Justice & Criminology; European Law; Family Law; Human Rights; Legal History; Medical Law; Terrorism & Security; Gender & Sexuality; Race, Religion and Law.
Information on our research areas and expertise can be found at http://www.reading.ac.uk/law/research/law-research.aspx.
A range of UoR, AHRC and ESRC-funded studentships and bursaries are open to the School's PhD candidates.
How to Apply:
1. Ensure you meet the School of Law's entry requirements
2. Prepare a research proposal. See our guide to writing a PhD proposal
3. Submit your application using the University's online application system
The School of Law has an excellent track record of assisting students in securing funding for their PhD study. Many of our postgraduate research students receive funding either from the University or from external bodies including UK research councils and the Modern Law Review. More information on our funding opportunities are available here.
This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.