Law MPhil/PhD

Major code: LWMR/LWPR


We'll provide a friendly, supportive setting if you’d like to pursue an MPhil/PhD (normally 2-4 years full-time).

Subject Overview

With our wide-ranging research activities we can accommodate a wide variety of research topics and are always happy to discuss ideas before you make a formal proposal.

Facilities here are excellent. As a full-time PhD student you’ll have allocated office space and your own computer. Part-time PhD students meanwhile have hot desks and computing facilities provided.

You’ll also enjoy excellent resources in the University's social science libraries, as well as personalised research training according to your needs.

At the end of your first year, you’ll present your work to academic staff and incoming PhD students at the School’s annual postgraduate conference.  In the second year, you’ll present a poster.

To help you raise your profile further there's funding available to attend conferences and events from the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. 

Please feel free to identify potential supervisors on this site and approach them to discuss your idea before submitting a formal proposal.

Subject Outline

Recent PhD projects pursued at in the School include:

  • The Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Treaty freedoms 
in EU law
  • Cy-Pres Law and Practice
  • The Mental Health Act 2007: Jeopardising Liberty, Facilitating Control?
  • Controlling Remuneration in Financial Institutions
  • Conceptualizing Modern Religious Liberty in the United Kingdom: The Role of Religious Exemptions 

In an increasingly complex world, Law is no longer just for lawyers: it enhances any CV. Postgraduate study enhances understanding of issues at a theoretical and practical level. English law is no longer a UK based experience and the content of our postrgraduate programmes reflect this in both design and delivery. International firms are looking for rounded graduates, and opportunities exist all over the world. Over 75% of our postgraduates were employed or in further education within six months of graduation (DLHE 2009). No prior knowledge of English Law is necessary on our programmes – all students are equipped with the necessary skills through a bespoke Legal Research Training module to equip them with the necessary subject skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen programme of study. 

Key Facts

Research Opportunities
The School of Law has a prestigious international reputation. We offer both research and teaching excellence to ensure that students on any of the LLM programmes offered, or those undertaking postgraduate studies by research, are guaranteed expertise and professionalism. Transferable skills are important to any postgraduate student. All postgraduate students are required to undertake the Legal Research Training module, in order to enhance their research and presentation skills (as well as provide knowledge of English law to those who need it). Additional skills underpin individual modules, enabling students to identify the range of skills available from the module specifications provided for each module.

The School houses an impressive custom built Moot Room, the setting for mock trials, lectures and visiting speakers. The Law Library (housed in the Sydney Jones Library) includes the main English, European and International Law Reports, law journals, legal works and textbooks.

RAE 2008
55% of research activity deemed world leading or internationally excellent and a further 25% internationally recognised.

Why School of Law ?

Solid academic pedigree

We combine over a hundred years’ teaching experience with modern approaches to learning. Alumni include judges of the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court, members of Parliament and legal practitioners as well as accountants, social workers and bankers, who continue tomake an important contribution to the learning experience and career prospects of our students. The first female High Court judge in the country was a Liverpool Law graduate.

Developing professionalism

Our students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through the activities of the School’s Pro-bono Law Clinic. The Clinic is operated by the Law School in association with members of the local legal community and enables students to enjoy the professional experience of dispensing legal advice to real clients, under the guidance and supervision of Law School staff and practising members of the profession.


We also offer a Law School Mentoring Scheme, whereby students are assigned to a local barrister or solicitor who will act as their mentor. Thementor will provide careers advice and assistance to theirmentees on a personal and individual basis. This is in addition to the wider careers advisory programme run by the Law School and the University.

Leading experts

Academic staff are leading experts in their fields and research feeds into teaching at an undergraduate level keeping students informed of up-to-date developments.

Supportive environment

Pastoral care is very important in the School, and it aims to provide a supportive environment in which students can flourish.