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PhD research degree in law

Queen Mary School of Law is the ideal place to embark on this transformative journey. My experience here underscores the School's dedication to nurturing future changemakers.

Esther Jaromitski

Esther Jaromitski

researching the role of social media platforms in international crime

The PhD in Law programme at Queen Mary is one of the largest in the UK, with more than 120 research students. As a PhD student at the School of Law, you will be part of a diverse and cosmopolitan research community, as students come to Queen Mary from all over the world. Have a look at the research profiles of some of our current students.

The School of Law’s thriving PhD programme is competitive. Successful applicants usually have first-class undergraduate degrees and distinctions at Masters-level or the equivalents. While most applicants will have LLB and/or LLM degrees, we value interdisciplinary research projects, and welcome candidates with relevant non-law degrees. Candidates with professional experience in a field of law or institution relevant to their research project will also be considered.

You can apply to attend on a full-time or a part-time basis. Before you apply, you will need to:

  1. Develop a strong research proposal for a PhD thesis
  2. Make contact with a potential thesis supervisor
  3. Consider how you will fund your PhD study
  4. Gather your application documents and check our programme entry requirements
  5. Find out about the application process and submit your application

These webpages also contain information on what completing a PhD at the School of Law entails.


The deadline for application submissions for entry in September 2024 is midnight on Wednesday 5 June 2024. If you are applying for a Queen Mary studentship, the deadline is Wednesday 6 December 2023. The application process for the September 2025 intake will begin in October 2024. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

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