Research degree

Law MPhil/PhD

UCL Laws has one of the most selective MPhil/PhD programmes in the UK, and produces graduates of internationally recognised quality. Through a rich programme of events at UCL, our MPhil/PhD candidates have the opportunity to interact with leaders in legal thought from academia, the judiciary and the profession.

Key Information

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)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
14 November 2014

Entry Requirements

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.

English language requirement: Advanced. Further details are available on the departmental website.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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).

Joseph Hume Scholarship

1 year
Prospective LLM and prospective and current PhD students in the Faculty of Laws.

Leonard Sainer Scholarship

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).

GREAT/UCL Scholarship

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


Top career destinations for this degree

  • Japanese Government, Deputy Director, 2011,
  • National University of Malaysia, Lecturer, 2012,
  • King's College London, Lecturer, 2012,
  • London School of Economics, Assistant Professor, 2013,
  • University of York, Lecturer, 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.

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

Department: Laws

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Lougarre

Subject: Laws PhD

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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For more information see our Applications page.

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