Social and Applied Sciences

MPhil, PhD LAW

Year of entry

Our MPhil/PhD Law degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying a high level of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You will be expected to undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. You will also be expected to engage with our postgraduate research seminar series (the Researcher Development Programme) offered by the Graduate College to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. During the course of your degree, you will be given opportunities to present your work at conferences and workshops.

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element, such as the Researcher Development Programme offered by the Graduate College. Our emphasis is on the development of the individual student’s research knowledge and skills therefore those joining our MPhil/PhD Law programme can expect high quality tuition and a highly supportive and friendly atmosphere in which to conduct their research.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Chrispas Nyombi (

Discover what our current MPhil/PhD Law Students are working on.

Find out more about our PhD by Portfolio.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors


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


How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 3 years full-time September 2020
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 3 years full-time October 2020
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 5 years part-time September 2020
PhD Thesis apply
Canterbury 5 years part-time October 2020

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • 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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