PhD Law

Bangor School of Law welcomes applications from suitably qualified graduates to read for the degrees of PhD, MPhil and LLM Res by research.

For a PhD degree, you are expected to present the results of your research in a thesis which represents a significant original contribution to knowledge in the subject area studied, and to undergo a viva voce examination. For an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree, you are expected to successfully complete an approved programme of supervised research, and to present your results in a thesis.

All research students are allocated to a supervisor with a research interest in your chosen topic of study. Your supervisor will provide advice and guidance on your choice of topic; advice on the literature in your field and how to access it; advice on your choice of research methods; advice on thesis structure, content and presentation; critical appraisal of drafts of your thesis; and, in the case of PhD students, advice on preparation for your viva voce examination.

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Bangor Law School provides expert PhD and MPhil supervision in a range of legal areas. Staff expertise is reflected in our teaching, as well as our extensive research activity in the fields of procurement and international law.

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate degrees by research are suitable for candidates who already have some experience at postgraduate level (or equivalent professional experience). Those applying to a PhD programme, should normally have, or expect to obtain, a Master’s degree either in Law or a related discipline appropriate to their intended area of research.  Aside from these formal requirements, candidates will be considered on the strength of their research proposal, and are expected to submit a project proposal  – appropriate to the duration and academic level of the course – with their application.

International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirements will normally be:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with no individual score lower than 6.5)
  • Pearson PTE: 67 (with no individual score lower than 62)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced/Proficiency: 185 (with no individual score lower than 176)

See the website for further details.

Who is eligible to apply?

This is a self funded opportunity

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