Law PhD

The School of Law supports a thriving PhD community, largely through its three main research centres: The Centre for American Legal Studies, The Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Law, Science and Policy. We also contribute to the work of the University-wide Centre for Brexit Studies.

We are currently supporting students to undertake doctoral research on a variety of topics, including capital punishment, international human rights standards and trade agreements, and the interface of law and science in the context of public health and criminal justice

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, in a discipline related to law, to be considered for a PhD. Some PhD opportunities, such as those funded by a particular research.


  • 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each category

Career Prospects

The PhD award is well established and valued professional qualifications within the legal sector and will enhance your career prospects. Should you want to follow a career in teaching and researching academic law in higher education, a PhD is highly desirable.

Course Details

All research students are required to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice when they begin their research degree at Birmingham City University. The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is specifically designed to meet the needs of all students at Birmingham City University who are embarking on a programme of research for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Professional Doctorates. The course lasts one semester and is intended to complement and support the traditional practice of research degree supervision, which remains central to the teaching and learning of research. 

The course will provide students with:

  • Preparation for carrying out academic work for a research degree
  • An introduction to the research skills, practices and procedures that are essential with postgraduate research study
  • An opportunity to explore a range of theoretical and practical research issues and their application to particular phenomena
  • A supportive environment in which to develop a specific area of research interest into a viable research proposal
  • A structured programme that assists in the development of an individual research project.
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