Postgraduate research degrees

The Keele School of Law has a distinctive profile in theoretical socio-legal and empirical research. Staff are engaged in exploring diverse methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to legal analysis, and publish in a wide range of journals and books. The School of Law also produces excellent work relying upon more traditional doctrinal research methods. For a full list of staff research interests, areas of postgradute supervision and publications, see our academic staff page.

The core research clusters in the School lie in:

  • Social justice and human rights
  • International and European law
  • Healthcare law and bioethics
  • Professions, practice and legal education
  • Private law, theory and practice
  • Gender, sexuality and law
  • Ageing and social care

Where appropriate to their study, PhD students may complete modules across a range of Masters programmes provided in the School, subject to the approval of the Course Director or Module Leader.

There are also a wide range of social science PGR modules available in the Faculty, including Philosophy of Social Science, Qualitative Research Methods, Research Design and Process.

Law PhD / MPhil

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.