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Research Degrees

Durham Law School is a global top 50 QS World Ranked department. We came third in the last Research Excellence Framework on grade point average topping Oxford and Cambridge. We are regularly in the top five in most league tables. We currently have over 60 excellent research students - from around the UK, mainland Europe and all corners of the globe - carrying out work under the supervision of our academic staff, many of whom are global leaders in their field.

Expert supervision from global leaders

Our academics are amongst the most successful and highly regarded researchers in the UK. Many of our staff are global leaders in their field and regularly called on to advise national governments, comment on television, radio or print media and our scholarship is internationally highly regarded.

Our academic staff receive on-going training in supervising research students ensuring our Law School is at the cutting edge delivering an excellent student experience. The quality of our doctoral student provision has been recognised through the award of a number of externally-funded studentships.

Award-winning, purpose-built facilities

Our research students are accommodated in the Law School’s dedicated postgraduate research suite, with beautiful views of Durham Cathedral. This comprises an extensive work area (60 workspaces), state-of-the-art IT facilities and two project rooms.

Exciting research opportunities

All research students become a member of at least one Research Group and, in some cases, have opportunities to become deputy convenors (as in the Human Rights CentreDurham European Law Institute and Law and Global Justice group). Research students participate fully in the research events of the Groups, including those specifically focused on them, including postgraduate research conferences.

To facilitate our students’ engagement with external activities and conferences, the School provides a competitive grant scheme, which in the past year provided £16k to support research students in attending research events in the UK, France, the US, Switzerland, Ireland, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Nigeria. 

Research training

In addition to the formal supervision process, our research students have opportunities for intellectual stimulation and development through the Law School’s and University Graduate School’s training programmes (including on research methods, qualitative and quantitative databases, and time management).

These help you manage your research, and plan for your future career. They also provide an excellent opportunity to meet students from across the many subject disciplines studied at Durham.