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We offer a range of Law Postgraduate level programmes including the MSc by Research in Law, LLM in International Business and Law as well the MPhil/PhD in Law.

The MSc by Research in Law gives you the opportunity to develop your research interests in law in a supportive research-driven environment, with the guidance of a supervisor who is an expert in their field.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

You’ll share a breadth of experience – the multi- disciplinary nature of research within the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues, allied with subject specific supervision, allowing you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences.

For general enquiries for the  MSc by Research in Law please contact Dr Chrispas Nyombi (chrispas.nyombi@canterbury.ac.uk).

Find out more about our International Business & Law LLM course.

The course is aimed at both recent law graduates and practitioners, as well as returners to education who are passionate about a research area in law. If you enjoyed researching and writing your dissertation, have a desire to expand your knowledge of a legal topic that has sparked your interest, or you want to pursue an established interest through a formal degree, then the MSc by Research in Law may be for you.

Students who complete an MSc by Research in Law often go on to do MPhil/PhD study in Law or a related discipline such as Politics, History, Policing and Criminology.

This MSc aims to develop researchers who are conceptually aware, who can utilise a range of skills and methods, and who, in a multi-disciplinary environment, can practice and develop their own research capabilities, and disseminate that research in a meaningful way. You will be expected to outline your proposed topic of research at the application stage. You will be provided with a supervisor upon arrival, agreed by mutual consent. You will work closely with a supervisor in developing your final thesis.

Depending on the availability of supervisors, students will be able to choose to register for an MSc by Research in Law in the following areas:

Dr Gowri Nanayakkara

  • Copyright law and Music Industry 
  • Historic, Policy, Human Rights and Socio-Economic aspects of Intellectual Property Law
  • General areas of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Dr Chrispas Nyombi

  • International Investment Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Corporate Governance and Company Law
  • International Commercial Litigation 
  • International Commercial Arbitration 

Dr Chisa Onyejekwe

  • International Human Rights
  • African Human Rights
  • International Economic Law
  • International Tax Law/Cross border transactions

Dr Narissa Ramsundar

  • State Responsibility for support of armed groups for international wrongs
  • Comparative methods in international criminal law
  • The relationship between film and the development of international law

Dr Konstantinos Siliafis

  • Information Technology Law
  • Law of Obligations (Contract & Tort)
  • Commercial Law

Dr Amanda Spalding

  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Border Criminology 

Mr Ben Waters

  • Legal Education
  • Civil Justice/Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (including Restorative Justice)

Dr Daoning Zhang

  • Company law
  • Cross-border insolvency law
  • Banking and financial regulation
  • Equity and trusts

The emphasis of this programme is on independent research. That said, you will have regular meetings with your supervisor, and you will have the opportunity to attend sessions within the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.

All supervisory teams will include a Chair of studies. You will also be invited to attend Research Seminars—a Law Conference—hosted by the Law School, which will allow you to network with academics and hear about some of the cutting edge research taking place in Law and other relevant fields.

The MSc by Research in Law is awarded by dissertation.

Supervised by a panel of experienced researchers, you will meet regularly with your first supervisor and present your work in progress to the full panel at a review meeting halfway through your registration period. Following advice from this review meeting, you will complete the writing up of your 25-30,000 word dissertation.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  £4,407 £12,420
Part-time  £2,205  N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

 

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

 

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

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Location Length Start  
MSc Research apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MSc Research apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020

Further information about the application process and what you will need to do to prepare.

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A first class or 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline is required.

  • Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.

    If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

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