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Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice


Expertise of research area
business law; criminal justice; criminal law; criminology; disability; disability law; law; legal education; policing; social justice

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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The School of Law at Leeds offers a successful and thriving collection of research degree programmes. You&#039;ll experience a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment that operates on a global scale, allowing you to pursue your research interests among the brightest minds in Law.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<h3>Researching with us</h3> <p>Our School has been ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Law in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019 and has been ranked 4th in the UK for the impact and 8th for the quality of its research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.</p> <p>We are well placed to continue to deliver excellence to our postgraduate researchers, bringing together high quality teaching with world-leading research. We have over 100 registered postgraduate researchers&nbsp;and an excellent record of completed research degrees. We have particular expertise in the areas of our research centres and units, and provide researchers&nbsp;with two trained and experienced academic supervisors that are experts in the field of research.</p> <h3>Your career and development</h3> <p>Whether you have your sights set on an academic career, or want to apply your knowledge to a specific area within an organisation, the skills developed throughout your studies will be highly sought after. Which research degree you choose often depends on your motivation for undertaking a postgraduate research programme and the amount of time you can dedicate to your research.</p> <p>We offer two research degree paths for postgraduate researchers:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" title="About the MA by Research">MA by Research (MRes)</a></li> </ul> <p>Find out more about your&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">career and development opportunities</a>.</p> <h3>Training and support</h3> <p>Whichever route you choose to pursue your research passion, as a postgraduate researcher in the School of Law, you will have a range of support services and opportunities available to you which will enhance your studies and your career prospects.</p> <p>Whether you are unsure how to plan your next steps, want to network with fellow researchers or you&rsquo;re looking to brush up your presentation skills, our research community and extensive resources can help.</p> <p>Find out more about our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">research training and support</a>.</p> <h3>Our research and expertise</h3> <p>The School of Law fosters and promotes research in all major fields of legal study. Our research is organised into four leading research centres, whose staff deliver teaching and supervision to our researchers at all levels:</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Centre for Business Law and Practice</a>&nbsp;(CBLP)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Centre for Criminal Justice Studies</a>&nbsp;(CCJS)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education</a>&nbsp;(CIRLE)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Centre for Law and Social Justice</a>&nbsp;(CLSJ) (including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Disability Law Hub</a>)</li> </ul> <p>Find out more about&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">our research and expertise</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>. When applying, please clearly&nbsp;state the research area you are interested in.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

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<p>For further information please contact the Faculty Graduate School admissions office:<br /> <br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a><br /> t: +44 (0)113 343 5009</p>

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