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School of Law, University of Reading – Postgraduate Research in Law

  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Profile Description

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:

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.

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

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

Funding Opportunities:

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.

Workshop: Writing a proposal for PhD Applications

The School of Law at the University of Reading is hosting a workshop designed to assist prospective Law School PhD applicants in writing research proposals for entry to doctoral programmes and for studentship funding.

This is small group workshop and places are limited. Up to six places will be available to candidates from across the UK. Attendees may be provided with a Workshop Award to cover or subsidise travel costs.

To apply for a place and a Workshop Award, please send a draft research proposal (400–600 words), a CV, and a short statement outlining your PhD and career plans and how the workshop would be useful to you, to the Law School's PGR Director, Dr Charlotte Smith: . Closing date: 30th October 2018.

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.

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