Welcome from the Director of Postgraduate Research Students

shabir Brunel Law School has a long-established reputation as a research-active law school.  Excellence in research matters to us and we actively promote research activities.

In all cases, in addition to promoting expert insights, we encourage our students to participate in all relevant research activities, particularly to present papers on their new research findings.  The pursuit of new ideas and breaking the frontiers of knowledge is the essence of our PhD programme. 

A high quality PhD degree from Brunel Law School will equip our students with sound knowledge and valuable skills that will make them stand out in the crowd.

 Why study for a PhD?

A PhD is more than just studying, it is a path to in-depth knowledge and unique expertise in your chosen field. In addition, studying for a PhD will help:

  • Enhance skills and develop new ones (independent study, research skills)
  • Demonstrate to future employers an ability to cope with a heavy workload and to self-motivate
  • Develop expertise that only few have in the world
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification

Postgraduate study at PhD level may also be a requirement of your chosen profession or enable you to enhance career prospects. In addition to a PhD, we also offer an MPhil. Please see below for information on the duration of research.


Study Mode Normal duration
(in months)
Maximum duration
(in months)
PhD 36 48
MPhil/LLM by Research 12 24
PhD 48 96
MPhil/LLM by Research 24 48

Call for Papers Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law(JISPIL)

The Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law (JISPIL) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its June 2015 edition. JISPIL is a peer reviewed electronic journal (available at: www.electronicpublications.org.)

BLS Human Rights Centre celebrates HR Day with conference on Immigration and Asylum

More than 50 people attended the discussion on Immigration and Asylum organised under the aegis of the BLS Human Rights Centre on the 10th December, the Human Rights Day as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. The event sparked a very lively debate.

Website of the IG of the History of International Law of the European Society of International Law is launched

At the European Society of International Law tenth anniversary conference, the Society announced the creation of a new interest group on the history of international law. Those interested in becoming members should contact Ignacio de la Rasilla and Randall Lesaffer. The interest group's website is here: http://esilhil.blogspot.be/

Sharmin Chowdhury Hamvas presented her paper on 7 June 2014 at the 7th Pan-European Conference on the European Union

The paper was called by the ECPR Standing group on the European Union and the conference was held at Universiteit Leiden, the Hague, Netherlands. The title of her paper is ‘A Legal and institutional analysis of the effect of European Union Law in protecting the rights of Roma minority - a focus on Hungary’.

Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS The Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (JISPIL)is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its December 2014 edition. The journal comprises of three sections – (1) Articles (2) Recent Developments, and (3) Book Review.

How to apply

General information about how to apply for a PhD can be found on the Graduate School pages. If you have any further queries, kindly contact studypglaw@brunel.ac.uk at Brunel Law School.

Page last updated: Monday 12 January 2015