|Full time||3 years||You are required to attend training sessions, as well as additional sessions run by the Law School||October 2017|
|Part time||6 years||You are required to attend training sessions, as well as additional sessions run by the Law School||October 2017|
Whether you are planning a career as an academic within the education sector, or as a professional researcher within the public or private sectors, the Kingston Law PhD will develop your research skills, help you make an original contribution to your chosen field of enquiry and enhance your professional credibility.
You will research a topic of your choice in great depth. We particularly invite applications in the areas of:
Please look at the Law School's staff profiles to see if our staff specialisms are a good match with the topic you would like to study.
Your PhD thesis should be around 80,000 words and will be the subject of an oral examination. You will need to show how you have critically investigated your area of research and made an independent and original contribution to knowledge.
The programme is made up of individual supervision and as such can be extremely flexible to accommodate your needs.
As a PhD student within the Law School, you will be expected to attend the University's research training sessions and a series of in-house training seminars run by the Law School. The latter take the form of research 'masterclasses', where an experienced member of the Law School leads a session intended to reflect on different aspects of conducting research in law. You are also invited to attend the Law School research seminars arranged for members of the academic staff.
There is also a series of sessions on the Philosophy of Enquiry and a series of sessions on the Conduct of Enquiry. These non-compulsory modules, held with other PhD students and run by various members of the faculty, will help prepare you for your independent studies, and introduce you to the other students and staff in the department.
Kingston Law School is a small and very friendly faculty. There is a real community feel with other postgraduate students, and there will be opportunities to engage with many members of staff beyond your supervisor.
You will have the opportunity to teach undergraduates and undertake an ‘academic apprenticeship' to help you pursue a career in academia.
Once a year, all PhD students are given the opportunity to present to the faculty about their PhD research. This ongoing engagement offers students and staff the chance to share and help each other develop their ideas.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
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