- Name: Law
- Qualification: PhD/MPhil
Bangor School of Law welcomes applications from suitably qualified graduates to read for the degrees of PhD, MPhil and LLM Res by research.
For a PhD degree, you are expected to present the results of your research in a thesis which represents a significant original contribution to knowledge in the subject area studied, and to undergo a viva voce examination. For an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree, you are expected to successfully complete an approved programme of supervised research, and to present your results in a thesis.
All research students are allocated to a supervisor with a research interest in your chosen topic of study. Your supervisor will provide advice and guidance on your choice of topic; advice on the literature in your field and how to access it; advice on your choice of research methods; advice on thesis structure, content and presentation; critical appraisal of drafts of your thesis; and, in the case of PhD students, advice on preparation for your viva voce examination.
Applications are particularly welcome from graduates with an interest in pursuing a research degree in one or more of the research areas currently represented with the School.
Law with specialisations in:
- European Law
- European Internal Market
- Public Procurement
- Competition Law
Global Economic Law:
- Intellectual Property Law
- WTO Law
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Insurance Law
- International Sales Law
- Maritime Law
- Private International Law
- European Union Internal Market/Competition Law
- Public International Law
- International Human Rights Law
- European Human Rights Law
- International Criminal Law
UK Commercial Law:
- Corporate Finance Law
- Commercial Law
- Company Law
- Corporate Governance
- Consumer Law
- Banking Law
- Arbitration Law
- Employment Law
- Environmental Law
- Social Care Law
UK Public Law:
- Public Law
- Law and Religion
- Administrative Law
- Judicial Review
- Law and Devolved Government
- Media Law
UK Private Law:
- Land Law
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Legal History
- Contract Law
- Law of Trusts
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirements will normally be:
- IELTS: 7.0 (with no individual score lower than 6.5)
- Pearson PTE: 67 (with no individual score lower than 62)
- Cambridge English Test – Advanced/Proficiency: 185 (with no individual score lower than 176)
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
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Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.
Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree
As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.
All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.
Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.
At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.
Your research proposal
A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:
- Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
- Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
- Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
- Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.
Applying for funded PhD studentships advertised by Bangor University
Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School’s homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).
- Please read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
- Apply online yourself through our online application system.
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Postgraduate Admissions Office.
- Students: can apply though our Online Application Portal. Refer to the Guidance Notes for help filling the form.
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International Education Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
International Education Centre
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
When do I Apply?
The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).
Phone: +44 (0)1248 382085
- International Commercial and Business Law LLM
- International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law LLM
- International Intellectual Property Law LLM
- International Law LLM
- Law LLM
- Law and Banking LLM
- Law and Criminology LLM
- Law of the Sea LLM
- Maritime Law LLM
- Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning LLM
- Public Procurement Law and Strategy LLM