UCL Laws Research Degree Programmes

Facilities at UCL for Research Students

The Law Faculty strives to enhance the quality of graduate study through the continuing upgrading of support facilities.

Research Students Room
Research students in the Law Faculty have their own dedicated study-common room with computers for their exclusive use, comprising:

  • A quiet room/cluster room equipped with banks of networked PCs, giving access to the UCL managed system, the Internet via the College's high-speed network and a full complement of software packages (See below on Libraries and Information Technology).
  • A common room with easy chairs and coffee tables, with open access to a further selection of PCs for e-mail and web-browsing;
  • A kitchenette and gym-style lockers, in which students can deposit books and other personal belongings.

Laws students also have access to all the facilities offered by the UCL Graduate School

Personal Research Allowance
Research students in the Law Faculty have an annual research allowance which they can use towards research-related expenses such as purchasing books, attending conferences or any other materials needed for their research. The allowance currently amounts to £400 full-time or £200 part-time per financial year.


PhD Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF)
The UCL Laws Faculty has instituted a research fund for PhD students to assist students, whose research may benefit from additional resources so they can further their research. This may be through various means including developing innovative research approaches, promoting impact from research (including but not limited to presenting papers at conferences) and fostering public engagement in research.

The types of research activities covered by the fund include but are not limited to:

  • Training in new research skills which are not available through the UCL Skills Development programme or the UCL Graduate School
  • Specialised research equipment or materials
  • Support for access to specialised research facilities
  • Research trip or visiting studentship
  • Conference where a research student is presenting a paper relevant to their thesis
  • Organising workshops, seminars or conferences relevant to the thesis
  • Activities that will spread knowledge and understanding of the student’s research to non-academic audiences the Laws Faculty has little engagement with at present

The fund is available to all students who are enrolled as MPhil/PhD candidates at the Faculty of Laws.

Libraries and Information Technology
UCL is uniquely well placed in respect of library facilities. Research students registered at the College have access to the following libraries - all links open in new windows:

  • UCL Library, which currently holds over 1.3 million volumes, includes a good law collection which is particularly strong in the fields of International Law, English Law, Public Law, Jurisprudence, Soviet Law, and Roman Law.
    The UCL library web site gives students access to a huge number of full-text online journals and databases such as JSTOR, Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline and SSRN, all of which can be accessed via the students’ computer system, as well as from students’ own computers, using remote login.

  • The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library, housed in a spacious modern building, is situated about five minutes' walk from Bentham House. The Institute is the focal point for nearly 1,000 graduate law students. Many graduate lectures and seminars take place there as well as an extensive programme of public lectures. The Institute Library is a major research library with over 200,000 volumes, with particular strengths in American, British, Commonwealth and European law.

  • Senate House Library at Senate House is within ten minutes' walk of UCL and contains a valuable interdisciplinary collection.

  • Other specialised libraries within easy reach include:
    • the School of Oriental and African Studies Library,
    • the British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics,
    • the Institute of Historical Research and
    • several other specialised libraries associated with the University of London.

These libraries may be used for particular courses with permission.

  • British LibraryAlso in Bloomsbury, the invaluable collection of the British Library may be used by research students with permission.