The MA by Research is provided for students wishing to undertake in depth, individually supervised research on topics of their own choice. It is ideal either for students wishing to proceed to doctoral study, or simply for students wishing to enhance their career prospects by developing expertise in a specific area of law. Theoretical and inter-disciplinary, as well as more practical and traditional approaches, are all accommodated in this programme. Through the emphasis on one-to-one supervision, the MA by Research can extend to many areas. The Department has well-known strengths in areas such as legal theory, legal history, international law, human rights, migration law, property law, European law, Company law, comparative law, family law, medical law, criminal law and criminology, comparative law, constitutional law, and any number of areas of traditional public and private law. All students enrolled in this programme will attend a Research Methods course, exposing them to a broad range of theoretical and practical approaches to legal research. The bulk of the course, however, will consist in a programme of individual research devised specifically to support the student’s individual research interests.
MA Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university.

We welcome applications from anyone interested in pursuing a research project in a very specific area of the law, for example contract, criminal, banking or IP regulations for which a law degree would be necessary, or a legal aspect of another academic or professional discipline for instance judiciary, politics, history, philosophy, literature, economics, medicine, theology, journalism, or other social, natural or human sciences, for which a related but non-law degree would be acceptable.

A research proposal of between 2,000 to 3,000-words. It should identify the question that you will attempt to answer through your research (simply identifying general topic areas or subjects is not sufficient). You should also set out your research methodology (empirical, qualitative, library based etc,) and provide a bibliography of the works that you consulted in formulating your research question.

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