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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
Arjumand Bano Kazmi 2018

Making or Unmaking of the Democratic Constitution in Pakistan: Role and Strategies of USAID funded civil society organisations

Shaheen Ali
Jennifer Lander 2017

The Law and Politics of Foreign Direct Investment, Democracy and Extractive Development in Mongolia: A Case Study of Conflicted Constitutionalism

George Meszaros
Ahmed Abdullah Khan 2017

A Philosophical Scope of Sovereign Guarantees and their adequacy to Promote Investment through Project Finance via PPP Structure in Pakistan’s Energy Sector

Dalvinder Singh
M Sanjeeb Hossain 2017

Exploring standards of justice at the International Crimes Tribunals of Bangladesh through the prism of 'complementarity'

Andrew Williams
Titilayo Adebola 2017

Developing Countries, Agricultural Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Protection

Dwijen Rangnekar / Jayan Nayar
Nneamaka Vanni 2017

How the Eonomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) can as a regional group, effectively utilize the flexibilities embedded in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspect of Intellectyual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement)

Dwijen Rangnekar / Fiona Smith
Andi Hoxhaj 2017

The EU & Judicial Corruption in Albania, Bulgaria and Romania

Ralf Rogowski
Catherine Ligia Arias Barrera 2016

The structural reform to OTC Derivatives Market

Dalvinder Singh / Jonathan Garton
Mary-Ann Stephenson 2016

To what extent do the pubic sector duties in the Equality Act provide a tool for preventing negative impacts on gender equality & women's human rights threatened by public sector spending cuts?

Ann Stewart
Juliet Horne 2016

Sentencing discounts for guilty pleas are putting pressure on defendants to plead guilty

Jackie Hodgson

Laurene Soubise 2016

Investigating the independence of Prosecution authorities in France, England and Wales

Jackie Hodgson

Alison Struthers 2016

A critique of the concept of Human Rights Education and the Effectiveness of its implementation in England and Scotland

Andrew Williams / James Harrison

Bayan Al Shabani 2016

The Role of religion in the crime of terrorism in the Islamic Criminal Law

Shaheen Ali/Prof. Michael Saward (Politics)

Our Staff

Other staff

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 (mininum 3 years)
    This involves a thesis of up to 80,000 words.
  • MPhil (mininum 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