Law MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Antitrust, Regulation and Competition Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Comparative and Foreign Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights, Employment and Equality Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Business and Trade Law
  • Judicial Studies
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Law and Ethics
  • Law and Religion
  • Legal History
  • Maritime Law
  • Property Law and Equity
  • Public and Constitutional Law
  • Public International Law
Much research is undertaken under the auspices of the following research institutes and centres based in the faculty, in whose activities research students are encouraged to participate:
  • UCL Judicial Institute
  • Centre for Ethics and Law
  • Centre for International Courts and Tribunals
  • Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
  • The Bentham Institute.

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Entry requirements

A recognised LLM or equivalent Master’s degree awarded at distinction level or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Advanced (UCL pre-sess, IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson only)


  • All applicants: 31 January 2014
Applicants applying for admission in September are required to apply by 31 January in the same year. Applications may be processed after this date, but they will be considered late and subject to places being available.

In exceptional circumstances, applications may be accepted for admission in January. The deadline for these applications is 31 May of the previous year.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


Four Faculty of Laws Research Studentships are offered covering tutition fees and stipend at RCUK level and the Joseph Hume Scholarship. The faculty may also offer other studentships from time to time. Additionally, UK/EU applicants may be eligible to apply for Research Council Studentships (AHRC, ESRC).

Scholarships available for this department

Joseph Hume Scholarship

Based on academic merit

Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent PhD graduates have progressed to careers in academia, law reform and international tribunals.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • House of Commons, Legal Specialist, 2011
  • Samsung, In-house Council, 2011
  • Deloitte Luxembourg, Corporate Legal Advisor, 2011
  • Ernst & Young, Tax Lawyer, 2011
  • Supreme Court of India, Senior Advocate, 2011
  • United Nations, Relief Worker, 2011
  • Financial Services Authority, Forensic Investigator, 2011
  • Bloomberg, Analyst, 2011
  • JP Morgan, Financial Assistant, 2011


The Faculty of Laws research programme aims to produce a well-rounded researcher with skills to enable him or her to work in government and non-governmental organisations in addition to the global academic world.


The UCL Laws events programme reflects the diversity of teaching and research offered by the faculty, with a regular programme of lively seminars, lectures, debates and conferences on a wide variety of engaging legal topics. A quick look at our events page demonstrates that research students have the opportunity to engage with leaders in industry and the legal profession as well as with leading international academics and members of the judiciary of England and Wales, Europe and international courts.

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