Law (PhD)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Join our innovative and inspiring research community with excellent opportunities to engage in deeper study into the legal research area.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

29 April 2019

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Places available (subject to change)

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473969

The research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full time PhD is a three year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team that will advise and support you on your project.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:


• a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
• an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
• appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

The latest government proposals provide significant alterations in the battle of third parties attempting to gain compensation from road traffic accidents. Significant evaluation of the forfeiture of remedies is required in comparison to other nations to test critically the underpinning of this government policy.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This topic requires critical analyse as to the differing types of fraud that can be perpetrated in RTA connected claims with specific focus on creditor hire.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The conception, design and implementation of an appropriate and effective legal framework embedding policies aimed at promoting and protecting FDI remains a challenge for many developing and emerging economies. The presumed benefits of FDI to host economies remain a questionable and controversial hypothesis. Research proposals are sought which explore the relationship between the legal framework for investment promotion and protection, and striking a balance between promoting investor interests and host state economic aspirations, the two of which are often at variance. Focusing on a particular country, the research will aim to generate suitable recommendations for improving the legal framework.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The jurisprudence of English courts contains a rich diversity of cases in which norms foreign to English law have been recognised and accepted on the basis that they represented the personal law of litigants. Such receptiveness has not been without its controversies, especially in cases where the foreign norm seems at variance with public policy. Research proposals are sought which examine the judicial recognition of matters ranging from polygamy to underage marriage in particular conflict of laws cases, and to evaluate the role of foreign cultural, social or religious customs and norms in the development of English conflict of laws.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

State contracts founded on transnational FDI agreements, most notably for natural resources development in developing and emerging economies are often beset with instability as a result of the regulatory impulses on the host State. The prevailing/ generally accepted view, founded on the doctrines of sanctity of contract and pacta sunt servanda, promotes the contractual or property rights of the foreign investor over the regulatory competences or developmental priorities of the host state. Proposals are sought which explore corrupt procurement practices as a potentially vitiating factor and what effect it would have on the validity FDI agreements.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across a number of business and management subjects, including accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, management and organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics.

In this subject area there is a vast array of topics that can be researched, including:


• Law
• Jurisprudence
• International Law and Human Rights
• Family Law
• Legal Philosophy
• Education and Research of Law
• International Trade and Dispute Resolution

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, management and organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics topics.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research support

The Business School offers formal research training to its PGR students in the form of PG Certificate in Research Methods. Masters by research students can attend research methods topics delivered on the course in order to improve their research knowledge and skills, but will not be expected to partake in the formal assessments that lead to the award of a PG Certificate in Research Methods.

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It’s important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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