Friday, February 05, 2016

Durham Law School PhD Studentships

 Durham Law School PGR Studentships
Durham Law School invites applications for studentships for postgraduate research students, tenable from 1 October 2016.  The successful applicants will register for a full-time PhD (three years) in the Law School.  The funding is for one year in the first instance and renewable for up to three years. Funding is subject to satisfactory completion of the Law School's processes for the monitoring of postgraduate research students.
The successful candidates will undertake research on an approved topic under the supervision of members of the Law School's academic staff (for the research interests of academic staff, see PhD students are expected to submit their theses within three years of supervised study plus one year of continuation. 
Durham Law School
Durham Law School is among the Global Top 100 law schools and is one of the best in the UK. Durham ranked 3rd in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, based on our research environment; the originality, significance and rigour of our research publications; and the impact of our research beyond academia. Our academic programmes are highly regarded and staff and students constitute a dynamic and focused intellectual community. See further
on why Durham Law School is a great place to do your PhD.  
In addition to a broad range of individual research, staff in the School are engaged in a number of research groups that act as a focus for activity. The full details can be found on our website:
PhD Studentships
The PhD scholarships will provide funding for a fee waiver at the home/EU rate, together with a stipend of £10,000 p.a.  Students who are required to pay tuition fees at international level will obtain only a fee waiver without any additional stipend. 
Candidates for a PhD Scholarship must be willing and able to offer up to 40 hours’ teaching within one or more the following core areas of the undergraduate law degree: Legal Skills, Legal System of England and Wales, Contract, Tort, EU Constitutional Law, UK Constitutional Law, Individual and the State, Criminal Law, Trusts, and Land Law. They must also attend the University’s training courses for postgraduate students teaching in the University in early October 2016, and may be required to attend further relevant training.
Successful applicants will have obtained a first class or upper second class honours degree. It would ordinarily be expected that applicants would also have a recognised taught Master’s degree (average grade of at least 65%, or equivalent) or a Master's degree by research. Exceptional applicants without a master's degree are expected to provide alternative evidence of ability to successfully undertake high quality written research.
We embrace excellence in all its forms and invite all qualified candidates to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in the university. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their fit with our supervisory strengths and research environment as well as their academic strengths and the quality of their Research Proposal.
Application Process
Applicants should:
(i)            apply, online, to our PhD programme in the normal manner (see; and
(ii)          send a separate email to the Postgraduate Support Secretary (, indicating a preference as to teaching area(s), as specified above. Those who already hold an offer of a PhD place in Durham Law School, commencing in October 2015, are permitted to attach a revised proposal to this email.
The deadline for applications is 15th March 2016 at 12pm GMT.
Enquiries should at first instance be sent to


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