Westminster Law School’s PhD programme is set within a vibrant and supportive research environment, in the heart of Central London. Westminster Law School has an outstanding reputation as a pioneer in Socio-Legal research, in experimental research in Legal Theory, the Legal Profession and Legal Education, as well as Entertainment Law. It is also particularly well-known for its cutting-edge research in International Law, Criminal Justice and Comparative and European Union Law.

The Law School, currently hosting doctoral students across all of the above areas, is well placed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide doctoral students with opportunities to network and develop an interdisciplinary approach to research. Both the School and the College provide a range of attractive activities for doctoral students, including research seminars, conferences, publication avenues, a nationally recognised training programme aimed at developing world-class researchers, regular research retreats and away days, and teaching opportunities.

The Westminster Law School building has been given in the past years a multi-million pound redevelopment to further enhance the quality of study and social space, with dedicated office space for doctoral students.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about your research, please contact Dr Stephanie Roberts at .

We offer PhDs in a number of different areas, contact our academic staff for supervision possibilities.

You can find more information about study options on our Mode of study page.

PhD via MPhil 

The majority of students will apply via the PhD via MPhil route. You can read more about the application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page. 

PhD by published work

If you intend to apply for a PhD by Published Work please refer to the information on our PhD by published work page as the application process differs from the normal MPhil/PhD. Before applying, you should first make contact with the relevant academic for an informal discussion of your publications. You should only submit a formal application at this stage.

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Apply for the following subjects

  • Law

Apply to our research degrees using the links below. 

You'll be able to select your subject area in the 'Supporting Information' section of the application form. 

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The Graduate School and each of the academic schools at the University of Westminster are committed to doctoral programmes which encourage and make possible excellent research. As part of this, we are committed to offering a range of studentships. 

Find out about current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page.

Research Centres and Groups

Find out more about research based in the School of Law:

  • Westminster Law and Theory Lab - The lab brings together diverse strands in the study of law, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity and critical theoretical analysis

  • Law, Society and Popular Culture - Founded in 1996, the Centre covers areas such as music, sport, film and the media among others

  • Centre on the Legal Profession - The Centre focuses on the changing dynamics of the legal profession and legal services market

  • International Law (ILAW) - International legal scholarship, including: international legal theory, human rights, the law of armed conflict, international law relating to the sea, energy, crime and the environment

  • Law, Gender, Race and Sexuality - This inclusive group brings together scholars working on all aspects of gender, race and sexuality, with an emphasis on intersectional analyses and working with activists as well as researchers

  • European and Comparative Law - This group is currently undergoing a revamp, so watch this space!

  • Law, Development and Conflict Research Group - This group promotes conversation and collaboration between scholars, activists, professionals and communities to advance critical understandings of the complex relationships between international law, development and civil and military conflicts in the Third World.

Areas in which PhDs are available

Browse our research areas and explore the research centres and research groups that are welcoming and supporting PhD candidates. Please get in touch with us to explore supervision possibilities.

  • Law, entertainment and culture
  • Public, constitutional and administrative law
  • Law, Commerce and Economics
  • Business & Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Law and the Environment
  • Law, Technology and Social Justice
  • European Law
  • Crime and Criminology
  • Legal Theory
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Law and the Family
  • Law, Geography and Development

Browse our academic staff in these broad research groups for supervision possibilities.