UCL Laws Research Degree Programmes
Entry is in September each year. In exceptional circumstances, entry will be permitted in either January or April.
Students undertake a piece of supervised research The research programme is usually designed to extend over three years full-time or five years part-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis of no more than 100,000 words and an oral examination of the thesis. The thesis must demonstrate a student’s capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline, and must represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject, whether through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of new theory, or the revision of older views. It should show the exercise of critical judgement with regard to both the candidate’s own work and that of other scholars in the field.
Students applying for a PhD at UCL are required to register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD. The process is usually undertaken one year (two years if part-time) after the initial registration and students will have to pass an upgrade viva to proceed to the PhD degree.
Students also undertake a piece of supervised research The research programme is usually designed to extend over three years full-time or five years part-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis of no more than 60,000 words and an oral examination of the thesis. The thesis should represent a contribution to the subject, either through a record of the student’s original work or a critical and ordered exposition of existing knowledge.
Successful applicants will be allocated a principal and secondary supervisor to support the student throughout their research. They will be the main point of contact for information on the programme and regular meetings should be arranged. Please refer to Programme Structure for more information on the expected time frames for students and information on mandatory seminars.
Students can benefit from a variety of social and network events offered as part of the MPhil/PhD degree and supervisors are keen to support students with publishing their research, attending conferences or presenting their papers.