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Research Programmes

PhD, MPhil and LLM by Research

Research Degree Options at Warwick Law School

  • 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.

Our Research Degrees attempt to achieve a balance between individual study, academic supervision, and a communal, scholarly learning environment. 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.

Image of Alumni Christian Mecklenburg-Guzman

My PhD studies provided me with essential insights required for my work as a lawyer in investment banking in London. Warwick is the best place due to its renowned academics, expertise and interconnection with experts and practitioners in the field.

Christian Mecklenburg-Guzman, General Counsel at Credit Suisse (PhD 2019)

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
  • We have dedicated work spaces for our PGR students, so you can carry out your research and writing on campus
  • 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

Research Centres

Contributing to events run by our specialist research centres will enable you to network and work alongside leading scholars from all over the world. Find out more about our 6 research centres.

Thesis Supervision

In this programme you will be carefully supervised by individual specialists in the area and supported in the generation of a research question and the production of a thesis. 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.

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.

Current Projects

Hear from some of our students about their research.

Director of Postgraduate Research - Dr Christine Schwobel-Patel

Dr Schwöbel-Patel's research spans the areas of international law, global constitutionalism, global governance, and critical pedagogy. She adopts a critical approach to the dominant framing of mass atrocity, humanitarianism, and legal institutions through the lens of political economy and aesthetics. Find out more about Dr Christine Schwöbel-Patel.

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.

Each year, the Law School provides feedback and presentation opportunities as well as a skills workshop for its research students, which is intended to support 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 research seminars and public lectures across the University, and a number of other training opportunities will be made available to you during your time here.

On the PhD Programme, 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
Name Awarded Title of Thesis Supervisor
Angel Matoke-Njagi 2021

The Politics of Hate Speech

Illan Wall
Mohammad Adulwahab Al Fahad 2021

A Triangle of Pluralist Norms at Play: An Analytical Study of the Debates of the Constitutional Assembly, the Constitution of Kuwait and Judgments of the Kuwait Constitutional Court

Shaheen Ali
Saveethika Leesurakarn 2021

Non-performing loan regimes in banking regulation

Dalvinder Singh
Michael Webster 2021

Investigating the Decision-making process in Large Law Firms when Addressing Conflicts of Interest in Legal Transactions in Light of Outcomes-Focused Regulation

Bill O'Brian
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

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