Law MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, June 2017, April 2017, September 2017

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PhD: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).

We currently do not offer an MPhil in Law.

Distance-learning supervision available on this course.

This course is located in Anglia Law School. Find out more about our research.


Our PhD research programme will allow you to explore your own interests in law, supported by the expertise of our staff.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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Our permanent supervisory staff are recognised as experts in their fields, and have produced a large number of influential books, journal articles and edited collections. Our expertise in law includes:

Dr Penny English: cultural property law; issues of archaeological heritage.

Professor Rob Home: environmental law; planning and land management.

Dr Oriola Sallavaci: criminal law; the law of evidence; comparative criminal law and procedure; EU law; criminal justice; criminology; forensic sciences.

Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira: international contracts; international trade law; international commercial arbitration.

John O'Leary: sports law.

Tom Serby: sports law, legal education, business, employment, criminal law.

Andrew Gilbert: family law and policy.

Julia Ramsay: insolvency.

Where you'll research

Your department and faculty

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Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art mock courtroom for staging debates and elements of the criminal justice process, the University of Cambridge Library, our own campus library and other local archives.

Our Faculty has a dedicated PhD room, where our doctoral students can all meet up to work and take an active part in our postgraduate student community.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)


International students, 2016/17 (MPhil/Phd/MD (Res) per year, full time)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)


Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)


Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)


UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000


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For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.


We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication, placing an academic article, giving a conference paper, the doctoral writing style, updates on research methods and literature searches, internet training, editing skills for doctoral research, subsequent monograph publication and working with agents and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in Anglia Law School, or organise research events.

In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email

Entry requirements


MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.

PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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