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About the Project

The University of Manchester Law School offers five (5) internal scholarships every academic year. These are distributed across the different research areas of law, and in particular:

  • Business and commercial law (falling under the Manchester Centre for Law and Business - MCLAB)
  • Medical law and medical ethics (falling under the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy - CSEP)
  • Regulation and public law (falling under the Manchester Centre for Regulation Governance and Public Law - ManReg)
  • Public and private international law (falling under the Manchester International Law Centre - MILC)
  • English private law (falling under the “Harry Street” Scholarship in English Common Law) 

Eligibility criteria


  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree in a cognate subject at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 65% or above, a minimum mark of 65% in your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)

English language:

  • International applicants require one of the following:
  • IELTS test minimum score - 7.0 overall, 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in other sections.
  • TOEFL (internet based) test minimum score - 100 overall, 25 all sections.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) UKVI/SELT or PTE Academic minimum score - 76 overall, 76 in writing, 70 in other sections.
  • To demonstrate that you have taken an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a majority English speaking nation within the last 5 years.
  • Other tests may be considered.

Application procedure

Candidates should submit an online application for PhD Law or PhD Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence and indicate in section 9 that you wish to be considered for a SoSS School Studentship.

Apply here.

Before you start your application, you should:

  1. Develop your own research proposal and project title.
  2. Find a supervisor by browsing our academics' profiles, and reach out directly to discuss if they are interested in supporting your research.

When you submit your application, you must include each of the below required documents:

  • A 1,500 word PhD research proposal;
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript;
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information.
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form. You may wish to contact your referees to request they submit your reference in a reasonable timeframe as this forms part of the review process;
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS).
  • If you are applying for PhD Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence, please upload a sample of written work demonstrating ability in the area of philosophical bioethics or medical law (2,000 to 5,000 words) as a single file with your CV.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. To apply for this PhD Studentship in Law, please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): SoSS School Studentships
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Please note that there is no separate funding application form for the PhD Studentship in Law. All decisions are based on the online programme application and supporting documents.

The application deadline will be Midnight (GMT) on 1 December 2023.

For questions related to your application, contact: [Email Address Removed].

Further information

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact Dr Vincenzo Bavoso ([Email Address Removed]).

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Funding Notes

-Tuition fees (home or international)
-An annual maintenance stipend (£18,622 per annum for 2023/24)
-A research training support grant