The M.Phil by research is a higher degree in law, involving a minimum period of study of one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students. It is awarded on the presentation of a dissertation on a specialist legal topic. Dissertations should not exceed 30,000 words. The candidate must also pass a viva voce examination.
Applicants for the degree of M.Phil. must submit a synopsis of their proposed research of around 1000 words in length. This should include the title of a broad general area in which you wish to undertake research, and a detailed outline of a specific topic within that field. It should indicate the ways in which you consider that extended scholarly research and analysis in the field will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge. You should also give some indication of the materials you expect to use, where you expect to find them and the methods of analysis you propose to use. The School is able to offer supervision over a wide range of subject areas and research methods.
Comprehensive support and research training opportunities are available to you. Within the School, you will become part of the 'primary unit' system which aims to provide support for research students. Research students are also invited to participate in the School of Law's staff seminar programme. The Faculty of Social Science and Law is part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). The Centre, recognised by the ESRC, provides world-class training opportunities for our research students. This includes specialist units in socio-legal studies.
For further information please contact Stephanie Dimberline, Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator.