Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 14 November 2014
A minimum of a good upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
We have a strong preference for a recognised LLM or equivalent Master's degree and would normally expect a distinction overall, with evidence of first-class ability (or equivalent) in extended written work/dissertation.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced. Further details are available on the departmental website.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- Antitrust, Regulation and Competition Law
- Comparative and Foreign Law
- Contract, Restitution and Tort
- Corporate, Finance and Insolvency
- Criminal Justice
- Empirical Legal Studies
- Environmental Law
- European Law
- Family Law and Bioethics
- Human Rights, Employment and Equality Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Business, Insurance and Trade
- International Commercial Law
- Judicial Studies
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
- Law and Economics
- Law and Ethics
- Law and Religion
- Law of the Sea
- Legal Education
- Legal History and Roman History
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Medical Law
- Property and Trusts
- Public, Admin and Constitutional
- Public International Law
- UCL Judicial Institute
- Centre for Ethics and Law
- Centre for International Courts and Tribunals
- Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
- The Bentham Institute.
Four Faculty of Laws Research Studentships are offered covering tuition 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).
- 1 year
- Prospective LLM and prospective and current PhD students in the Faculty of Laws.
- 1 year
- Final year LLB and LLM students who are in financial need, and intend to practise law in England and Wales on a permanent basis. Students must be on course to achieving a 2:1 (LLB) or Merit (LLM).
- 1 year
- Prospective graduate students from India applying to one of the following courses: Management MSc, Economics MSc, Construction Economics and Management MSc, Technology Entrepreneurship MSc, LLM, Telecommunications MSc, Drug Discovery and Development MSc,or Cancer MSc.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
A graduate from our MPhil/PhD programme will have completed a major piece of independent research of an internationally recognised standard. We also aim to provide our PhD students with teaching opportunities where possible. Our graduates are therefore well-placed to pursue careers in academia (which an increasing number wish to do) but the research, analytical and writing skills obtained during PhD study also transfer readily to work in government, a range of non-governmental organisations and the commercial sector.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Deputy Director, Japanese Government (2011)
- Lecturer, National University of Malaysia (2012)
- Lecturer, King's College London (2012)
- Assistant Professor, London School of Economics (2013)
- Lecturer, University of York (2013)
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
At UCL Laws we are committed to taking fewer than 12 new MPhil/PhD students each year. This allows us to concentrate our resources and enhance the opportunities we can provide and helps foster a cohesive and supportive community of research students.
We typically provide full scholarships for four students each year. We work continuously to provide better shared office space for our research students.
All students benefit from a year-long research methodology seminar series in their first year and will join a vibrant and active MPhil/PhD student community which, for example, runs its own weekly seminar series in term.
Student / staff ratios › 61 staff › 443 taught students › 86 research students
"I've always been passionated about human rights. This is a field in which law can be used to protect the most fundamental rights of every human being. I chose to study at UCL because of the quality of research in my field and the worldwide reputation of the university."
Claire LougarreSubject: Laws PhD
"The depth and breadth of expertise in environmental law and governance, as well as in broader questions of environmental protection, first attracted me to UCL. I work mainly on the governance of environmental protection, especially the ways in which we take environmental decisions, examining areas including genetically modified organisms, renewable energy infrastructure, industrial emissions, chemicals, climate change. I also spend a lot of time working on the ways in which regulation (including environmental regulation) shapes and influences decisions in private law, particularly tort, an increasingly important part of tort scholarship and practice. I most enjoy working with brilliant colleagues and students (and alone!) on intellectually challenging and practically important questions."
Professor Maria LeeSubject: Law MPhil/PhD, Law LLM
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.