The Edinburgh Law School is a vibrant, collegial and enriching community of legal, sociolegal and criminology researchers and offers an excellent setting for doctoral research.
Our doctoral researchers are key to the School’s research activities, and we work hard to ensure that they are fully engaged with staff and projects across all of our legal disciplines.
You will find opportunities in the following fields:
- company and commercial law
- comparative law
- constitutional and administrative law
- criminal law
- criminology and criminal justice
- environmental law
- European law, policy and institutions
- European private law
- evidence and procedure
- family law
- gender and sexuality
- human rights law
- information technology law
- intellectual property law
- international law
- labour law
- legal theory
- media law
- medical law and ethics
- contract delict
- unjustified enrichment
- property, trusts and successions
- Roman law and legal history
- socio-legal studies
- tax law
Application Processing Time in Days: 30
Minimum English Language Requirements
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Job Opportunity Potential
Upon completion of the PhD, the majority of our students progress to postdoctoral research or lecturing and teaching roles.
Recent graduates have also found employment in roles as diverse as prison governor, solicitor and policy adviser for organisations including:
- the International Criminal Court
- The Hague
- Anderson Strathern
- HM Prison Service
- 2 years
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
PhD Law: a UK 2:1 honours degree in law, arts or social sciences, and a UK Masters degree with at least 60% in the taught section and 65% or more in the dissertation, or their international equivalents.
The majority of our applicants have studied law, but we are a comprehensive Law School covering a range of approaches to legal topics including social science, historical and philosophical enquiry; applications from non-law students with relevant studies and experience will be considered and if you require further guidance please contact us.
Entry to this programme is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee an offer of study
Minimum academic requirements
For entry to the Ph.D. program, applicants must meet the following minimum academic qualifications.
A postgraduate master's degree from an accredited institution in the UK or overseas showing evidence of above-average academic achievement. This includes:
a degree classification with a mark of 65% or more overall (University of Edinburgh level, or overseas equivalent)
normally a masters dissertation at the distinction level (University of Edinburgh level, or overseas equivalent) in accounting, finance, or related disciplines
Degrees in quantitative disciplines (e.g. economics or mathematics) or business studies will be considered if you can demonstrate a strong background in accounting and finance throughout your degree.
Applications may be accepted from those still currently studying for a master's degree; however, any offer will be conditional on the successful completion of the degree at the required standard.
Applicants with significant industry experience in the accounting sector, or with relevant professional qualifications will be given due consideration on a case-by-case basis. However, these applicants must also have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related discipline.
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
- Duration: 03 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
Application Fee: N/A
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