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Research Degrees

The School of Law supports an active post-graduate research (PGR) community.

Our PGR students engage in research that seeks to make a contribution to the resolution of various contemporary challenges, ranging from the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and the regulation of public health, to the promotion of accurate judicial decision-making in cases involving complex scientific evidence.

Why choose us?

  • You will join a thriving research community and be given the opportunity to contribute to the wider activities of our centres for research excellence and School of Law.
  • You will be supported to develop your professional profile, and, in particular, to develop the skills necessary to undertake high quality research.
  • You will be supported by a dedicated Doctoral Research College and be offered regular supervision with your supervisory team. 

Our areas of expertise

The School of Law particularly welcomes proposals and applications for PhD study that fall within the research expertise and interests of our three research centres, the Centre for American Legal Practice, the Centre for Human Rights, and the Centre for Law, Science and Policy.

However, if you have a project idea outside of the remit of our centres we also welcome you to get in touch, as our wider academic teamhas various expertise and interests, and we may be able to supervise certain projects.

More information about PhD study in Law

Gareth Lee, PhD student

Gareth Lee

PhD student

"I chose Birmingham City University because it is one of the only universities with a specific department for American Legal Studies so I knew that it would be well equipped for me to carry out my PhD in American public law. My supervisor is excellent and has a very wide knowledge of American law so I feel very confident in their help and knowledge."

Contact us

Further information and application details can be obtained from the Doctoral Research College.

Alternatively, informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Sarah Cooper or call +44 (0) 121 331 6248.