My supervisors have been everything that any research student could dream of and for this I am very grateful to them. They have made my decision to come to Surrey worthwhile.
As a School of Law doctoral student, you will be part of a thriving community of researchers engaged in a wide range of projects, usually joining a subject or research group as well as participating alongside academic staff in the activities of the School of Law.
Through a variety of approaches, from doctrinal to socio-legal, contemporary to historical, single jurisdiction to comparative, we will help you challenge ideas, hone your skills and develop the hallmarks of a leading researcher.
We will also provide you with office space, PCs, access to major electronic databases and a wide range of online research tools and resources. You also enjoy access to our excellent law library and a dedicated law librarian.
Our PhD programme is a traditional UK-style PhD. You will undertake a structured, supervised programme of research into one of the areas of law in which we have expertise. Your programme will allow you to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication.
In your first year you will take up to three modules of core research methods training, with advanced research training modules that further support your particular research.
As a School of Law PhD student, you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of research into one of the law fields in which we have expertise. You will find full links to our research interests and expertise of our academic staff from the School of Law website.
Research training is selected from the University and faculty’s excellent offerings, supplemented by law-specific seminars.
In your first year you will take up to three modules of core research methods training. You are also expected to take advantage of advanced research training modules that further support your specific research. These include a range of modules focussed on developing the practical skills required for subsequent careers. Our PhD researchers also organise and run their own annual research conference and attend research group seminars.
At the end of your time as a PhD researcher at Surrey you will be expected to submit an extended thesis for examination. This thesis will demonstrate your ability to pursue scholarly research which makes an original contribution to knowledge. Your research will also be of a standard appropriate for publication.
You will also be expected to answer questions on your thesis and your research in a viva voce examination.
You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend.
The School of Law has a diversity of research areas, with a selection listed below.
Our expectation is that you hold at least a 2.1 Bachelors degree along with a Masters degree at a minimum of a merit level in Law, or other relevant discipline, from an approved university.
If you are unable to offer these qualifications, you may still be considered for admission if you hold a first-class Bachelors degree in Law, or other relevant discipline, from an approved university, or a professional or other qualification deemed to be appropriate and equivalent.
Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.
Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
The Environmental Regulatory Research Group (ERRG) bid successfully to the Institute of Advanced Studies jointly with the Schools of Politics, Psychology and the Centre for Environmental Strategy for funding to support the workshop ‘Greening Economy; Greening Society: Lessons for the EU’.
"Attracted to the LLM by the wide range of subjects."
“Looking back at my time at Surrey, I realise just how much I have developed, not only as a researcher but also as a person.”
Key research areas in the School of Law include corporate and commercial law, corruption research, criminal law, environmental law, European law, international law and public law.
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law is delighted to announce that it has been exceptionally successful in the latest round of Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre studentships.