MPhil/PhD Law

Throughout the research degree period, MPhil/PhD Law students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career.

The Course

Research students are welcomed into a cross-disciplinary, collaborative academic community where they are encouraged to conduct research with the support of a dedicated supervisory team.

You will have access to structured training, research forums and networks. Training provides the opportunity to develop the research skills that can benefit your study and future career. You will be encouraged to present findings at conferences and symposia and some students may have the opportunity to undertake undergraduate teaching with the School, following appropriate training.

We encourage applications from students who wish to conduct research into any of our specialist areas of expertise, including EU law, international law, commercial law, dispute settlement and civil justice procedures, human rights and humanitarian law, environmental law and criminal justice.

Research interests are wide-ranging, but there is particular expertise within the broad areas of:

  • International law
  • European law
  • Human rights.


Current research is focused on:

  • Civil liberties
  • European social law and policy
  • International economic law
  • Dispute settlement
  • Environmental law
  • Animal welfare law.
Research students are assigned a Director of Studies and a second supervisor. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice and direction of the supervision team.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

Students are required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress on an annual basis. A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £13,500 £6,750

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)

£11,500 £5,750
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,958 £1,958


* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 25% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or upper second class honours degree or a Master’s degree with a significant law element. Direct entry onto the PhD may be available with an appropriate Master’s degree or MPhil.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Ngozi Okoye

Programme Leader


Contact: nokoye@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Throughout the research degree period, students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career.

The available postgraduate research degree training programmes consider career development issues and students are encouraged to maintain training and development logs throughout their studies. In some cases students will have the opportunity to support undergraduate students and experience seminar teaching.


Facilities

The David Chiddick Building is home to the Lincoln International Business School and the Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning spaces, including lecture theatres, a purpose-built moot court, workshop rooms, and an IT and language

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. The University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The University has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Further plans to invest in additional facilities, along with the refurbishment of existing buildings across our campus, are underway.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.