About this research graduate course
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. For this degree you are required to write a thesis of up to 80,000 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.
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.
Teaching and learning
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 other’s 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.
General entry requirements
A good Master's degree (or equivalent) in Law or a related subject plus a strong research proposal. Those with a good first class undergraduate degree may also be considered for entry.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 and component scores.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Nine research clusters:
- Contract, Business and Commercial Law
- Comparative Law and Culture
- Development and Human Rights
- Gender and the Law
- International and European Law
- Law and Humanities
- Legal Theory
- Governance and Regulation
- Empirical Approaches
The Law School’s research is rooted in the twin themes of law in context and the international character of law.
Find a supervisor
Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.
Explore our School of Law Staff Directory where you will be able see the academic interests and expertise of 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.
You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
School of Law
Established in 1968, now with over 1,000 students and 70 full-time staff, we have evolved into one of the leading Law Schools in the UK. Our teaching standards and research quality consistently receive high ratings, and we maintain a strong research culture with all staff actively researching in their preferred areas.
Our Postgraduate courses
Here is our checklist on how to apply for taught postgraduate courses at Warwick.
Here is our checklist on how to apply for research postgraduate degrees at the University of Warwick.