The Westminster School of Law is pleased to offer a number of Studentships for prospective PhD students starting in September 2020.

About the studentships

Project: to contribute to at least one of the core areas of research covered in the School. Interdisciplinary applications are particularly welcome.

  • Funding for up to two fee waivers (Home/EU/Overseas rate) with £17,285 stipend per year for three years*.
  • Funding for up to two studentships covering full fees at Home/EU fee rate for three years*. These fee waiving studentships are open to Home/EU/Overseas however, for Overseas applicants the fee waiver will be capped at the Home/EU rate currently £5,360 for 2020/21. Overseas applicants will be responsible for payment of the remaining Overseas fee amount, currently £13,700 for 2020/21 difference to pay £8,340*
  • Apply to be considered for both forms of Studentship (fee waiver plus stipend or fee waiver only)

Located in the heart of London, the Westminster School of Law has a vibrant research culture to which our well-established doctoral research programme makes a vital contribution. The School has an outstanding reputation in domestic, European, and global legal studies. In particular, the School of Law is recognised as a pioneer in Socio-Legal research including research on the Legal Profession and Legal Education and research in Human Rights and Global Governance. It is also particularly recognised for innovative research in Legal Theory, Entertainment Law, Criminal Justice, Gender, Sexuality and the Law, European Union Law, International Law, Global Legal Studies including Third World Approaches to Law, Law and Development and Global Justice, Law and Religion including Islamic and Buddhist Law as well as Conflict Resolution, and Law, Ethics and Technology. For exploring the richness of the research taking place in the School and the supervisory potential, candidates are encouraged to consult the School’s research staff pages and its research centres and research clusters.

For advice regarding the admissions process, please contact the School of Law admissions officer, Dr Stephanie Roberts, [email protected].

We are looking for high-quality prospective doctoral students who will contribute to at least one of the core areas of research covered in the School. Interdisciplinary applications are particularly welcome. We recommend you discuss your proposal with potential supervisors before submitting. They will be happy to have an informal conversation about research topics. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposal complements existing research activities in the School of Law.

* All subject to minimum enrolment period of 33 months, maximum enrolment period of 48 months including a six month no fee period for writing up. At the end of the no fee period for writing up a fee of £1,500 is applicable to those who have not submitted at that point. Study mode is full time only.

Entry requirements and how to apply

Candidates should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in their Bachelor Degree or equivalent and normally a Masters degree with merit or distinction with 65% or higher in their dissertation (or Masters degree pending). Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also provide formal evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as IELTS: 7.0.

Read more about our entry requirements.

Please follow this link to apply for the PhD programme within the Westminster School of Law. (Please note that the programme appears as MPhil on UCAS, however, there is an option on the form to request PhD via MPhil, which is the standard route):

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 8 May 2020. Interviews will be held in weeks three and four  of May.

The Studentship title is WSL Research Studentship.

WLS1 - WSL Research Studentship with fee waiver and stipend

WLS2 - WSL Research Studentship fee waiver only

WLS3 - WSL Research Studentship both options stipend and fee waiver only