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Socio-Legal Studies

Socio-Legal StudiesSocio-Legal Studies has a long distinguished history in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham, in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, 85% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The School of Law provides excellent quality research training, supervision and mentoring to students and junior faculty engaged in socio-legal research, with expertise in a number of key areas of socio-legal studies, including:

Criminal justice Human rights Development
Criminology Security Regulation
Mental health Family justice Law & social theory
Related Research Centres and Groups:
Human Rights Law Centre History of Law and Governance Centre Criminal Justice Research Centre
The Treaty Centre Nottingham International Law and Security Centre

The Rights Lab

Public Procurement Research Group    


With over 60 research students and 160 students on taught Masters programmes, the School of Law boasts a
vibrant postgraduate environment. A large number of graduates go on to pursue very successful careers in academic and policy research, as well as in legal practice.


Applicants for 2024 entry to Socio-Legal Studies should contact a prospective supervisor in the first instance. Alternatively, please send your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic to by 15 December 2023. We can advise on your eligibility and the fit of your proposed research with our interests and expertise.

As this studentship is funded by the ESRC, your proposed research project must principally employ social science methods. For further guidance on disciplinary remit, see this page. If you have concerns about the ‘fit’ of your project with the ESRC remit, you may use the query form on that page.

Key Facts:
Structure of provision: Masters + PhD funding or PhD-only funding, either full-time or part-time
PhD Application:

Apply for the PhD in Law

Please specify you have applied for ESRC funding in your University of Nottingham application.

Pathway Contact: Dr Nell Munro