Graduate Research


“At UCL Laws we have a vibrant research culture, and an energetic, open and multicultural PhD community. Our programme aims to provide you with the intellectual support, exciting learning and personal experience which we hope will enhance the value of your doctorate and give you a solid foundation for your future career.”

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Director of Research Studies

A PhD at UCL Laws will allow you to pursue original research and make a distinct and significant contribution to your field. We are committed to the quality and relevance of the research supervision we offer and as an MPhil/PhD candidate, you will work with academics at the cutting edge of legal scholarship.

Furthermore as a research student you will be an integral part of our collaborative and thriving research community. Student-run ‘work in progress’ forums and an end-of-first-year PhD workshop will give you the opportunity to present and discuss your research with peers and academic colleagues. Tailored skills seminars will provide you with a supportive research environment and the critical skills necessary to undertake your research. To foster your academic development we also offer additional faculty funds, which can assist you with the costs of conferences and other research activities.

UCL Laws is a world-leading community of intellectually dynamic scholars responding to today’s challenges. As a Laws MPhil/PhD student, you will have the opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, this research culture.

The UCL Laws PhD programme has approximately 50-60 outstanding research students at any one time, almost all of which are supported by full scholarships.  Admission to the PhD programme is highly competitive, we only accept approximately 10 new PhD students a year and there are multiple well-qualified candidates for each place.