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What makes our Research Degrees special?

As a research student, you will be a vital part of our research culture and we will encourage you to participate in the life of the Law School. Our research programmes promote a balance between individual study with supervision, and a communal learning environment whereby students working on similar research topics are encouraged to discuss their work with one another.

Each year, the Law School provides a retreat for its research students, which is intended to develop a self critical assessment of research techniques and provide you with the opportunity to benefit from each others experience. You will be invited to attend seminars and public lectures across the University, and a number of other training opportunities will be made available to you during your time here.

Our Research Degrees are distinctive because:

  • You will be part of an amazing community of students, academics and professional services where you will be supported and encouraged in your studies
  • You will get a personal dedicated workspace to carry out your research and writing
  • The additional resources available to you include weekly research seminars and public lectures where speakers and fellow students share their exciting and thought provoking research

How will I train?

You will attend a research methods and theory course during your first year of study, and meet with your supervisor at least once a month throughout your degree.

You will be encouraged after your first year to attend a research student seminar, and present your work-in-progress papers and participate in critical discussion of theoretical texts. With permission, you may attend some taught modules offered by the school or other departments.

Our research training will help you:

  • Evolve into a well-rounded socio-legal scholar, with the skills and experience necessary to gain employment in tertiary education, or in a national or international organisation
  • Develop an informed and wide-ranging understanding of the research process
  • Gain an understanding of relevant research methods
  • Situate socio-legal research within a theoretical framework which draws upon key philosophical approaches to the social sciences
  • To frame and refine effective research proposals
  • Enhance your study, presentation and writing skills

Contributing to events run by our specialist research centres will enable you to network and work alongside leading scholars from all over the world.

Recently Completed PhDs

Name Awarded Title of Thesis Supervisor
Ben Hulme 2020

Readmission and the European Union’s Founding Values

Dallal Stevens
Lulwah Al Ben Ali 2020

The Evaluation of the Kuwait's Capital Markets Regulations in Relation to Financial Services and Stock Markets

Dalvinder Singh
Sara Achieng Ombija 2020

Rethinking Finanacial Regulation and Supervison under 'New Governance':Post Cirsis Lesson for the Kenyan Financial Market, and the Case of Regulatory Nudging

Dalvinder Singh
Jaba Shadrack 2020

Privatised policing Duties in a Constitutional State: The Case of Postcolonial Tanzania in Socio-legal Context

Dalvinder Singh
Immaculate Motsi 2020

Regulation of Cryptocurrencies: A Reflexive Law Approach

Dalvinder Singh
Marie Pillon 2020

The effectiveness of corporate human rights self regulation: empirical research into the Tanzanian tea industry

James Harrison
Norahimah Fitri Mohd Hamdan 2020

The application of competition law in the airline industry in Malaysia

Kathryn McMahon
Sixiao Xu 2019

Towards better corporate governance: A comparative study of shareholder activism in the US and the UK

Andreas Kokkinis
Rebecca Limb 2019

Is law and practice successful in enabling and facilitating children's participation in their health care? A critical analysis through the lived experiences of past-paediatric patients

Jane Bryan
Abdulkarim Alotaibi 2019

The Development of an Arbitration System Attractive to International Commerce. Analysing the New Saudi Law of Arbitration

Shaheen Ali
Johanna Cortes-Nieto 2019

Governing the Poor in Contemporary Colombia

Illan Wall
Rachel Pimm-Smith 2019

Juvenile De-Pauperisation: The Journey From Public Childcare to English Citizenship 1884-1900

Maebh Harding
Jo Harwood 2019

Child Arrangement Orders (Contact) and Domestic Abuse- An Exploration of the Law & Practice

Maebh Harding/Rebecca Probert
Wendy Eades 2019

Flourishing or Floundering? Using the Capabilities Approach to assess the impact of welfare reform and public sector spending cuts on the human rights and equalities of vulnerable people in the UK

James Harrison
Christian Mecklenburg-Guzman 2019

Enforceability of Credit Risk Mitigation Techniques in the Context of Bank Insolvency and Resolution

Dalvinder Singh
Neriman Kilic 2019

Comparative analysis of the jurisdictions of International Investment Arbitration with WTO Adjudication and International Commercial Arbitration

Markus Wagner
Kyungeun Park 2019

The Role of Security Exceptions in International Investment Law

Dora Kostakopoulou
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Our Students
Ben Hulme - PhD Student
Warwick offers a friendly, but rigorous environment in which to explore our own thoughts and ideas.

Other students

Thesis Supervision

We offer the following Research Degrees:

  • PhD (approximately 4 years)
    This involves a thesis of up to 80,000 words.
  • MPhil (minimum 2 years)
    This involves a thesis of up to 60,000 words.
  • LLM by Research (mininum 1 year)
    This involves a thesis of up to 40,000 words.

With over forty members of staff we are able to offer research supervision over a wide range of legal topics. Before you apply, refer to our staff pages to find members of staff with expertise in your intended research area.

Our Staff

You are welcome to contact our staff directly to see if they can provide any advice on your proposed research, but will still need to submit an application and meet the selection criteria set by the University before any offer is made.


For more information email:

pglaw dot admissions at warwick dot ac dot uk