Research ( full-time, part-time)
January, April, September
MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2.5 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3.5 to 6 years.
PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 4 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
For further guidance on the duration of Research Degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.
Distance learning supervision available on this course.
Our PhD research programme will allow you to explore your own interests in law, supported by the expertise of our staff.
Here at the Faculty of Business and Law, you’ll find staff who are experienced in most areas of law, including business law, corporate governance, international law, sports law, property law, environment, planning and land management, and human rights.
We’ll allocate you two supervisors suited to your area of research, with additional staff members available if necessary, and provide you with a rich and stimulating environment in which to conduct your research.
We have strong links to research networks in Anglia Ruskin and the wider community, including the Policing Institute for the Easter Region (PIER). We also host and take part in many other research events, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars, which will allow you to present your research in a safe and supportive setting. These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
Our permanent supervisory staff are recognised as experts in their fields, and have produced a large number of influential books, journal articles and edited collections. Our expertise in law includes:
Dr Alex Murray: Public international law; International human rights; Equity and trusts law
Dr Ana Keglević Steffek: European contract law; Insurance contract law; Consumer law; Commercial arbitration
Dr Andrew Gilbert: Family law; Policy
Dr Egle Dagilyte: European Union law; Human rights law; Social security; Employment law
Dr Elina Konstantinidou: Criminal law; Criminal litigation; Corporate law; English legal system
Dr Helga Hejny: Discrimination law; European Union law, Transnational corporations; Human rights; Public law; Comparative studies
Dr Imranali Panjwani: Commercial Law; Human rights; Jurisprudence; Islamic Law
John O'Leary: Sports law
Professor Rohan Kariyawasam: Digital economy; Internet law; IP law; Competition law; Communications law; International development; the 'open society'; International trade and world trade law
Dr Ryan Hill: International human rights law; Theory and practice; The intersection between philosophy and law; Constitutional law and constitutionalism; Freedom of religion
Stefan Mandelbaum: Public international law; Legitimacy issues arising in the theory and practice of transnational commercial law; Sports law; International commercial and investor-state arbitration
Tom Serby: Sports law; Legal education; Business; Employment; Criminal law.
You want the benefit of a thriving and highly regarded school where you can develop your skills and confidence for a potentially complex and competitive career. Graduating with this kind of specialist knowledge makes you valuable to employers, confident that you’ve learnt the tools to do the job. You know what it takes to be a professional in your field and we design our courses to get you on the right track, and to get you practicing in a safe environment as soon as possible. With professional accreditation to back up the theory of your degree, you’ll stand out from the crowd of other applicants and be ready for your first graduate job.
You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art mock courtroom for staging debates and elements of the criminal justice process, the University of Cambridge Library, our own campus library and other local archives.
Our Faculty has a dedicated PhD room, where our doctoral students can all meet up to work and take an active part in our postgraduate student community.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full- and part-time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview, and stated in your offer letter.
For 2019/20 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1,300
Full registration: £4,000
Part time: £1,000
Full time: £1,800
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication, placing an academic article, giving a conference paper, the doctoral writing style, updates on research methods and literature searches, internet training, editing skills for doctoral research, subsequent monograph publication and working with agents and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities, or organise research events.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email BL-PGRapplications@anglia.ac.uk
MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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