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

Brunel Law School students visit the International Criminal Court(ICC)

On the 8-9 April 2014, a number of Brunel Law School postgraduate students, accompanied by Lecturer Dr Eleni Polymenopoulou, had the chance to travel to the Hague, Netherlands, in order to participate to a 2-day study visit at the International Criminal Court and attend a trial chamber hearing in the case of the prosecution of Ruto and Sang.

Brunel Law School Research Student has paper selected for presentation at Harvard Law School

Saad Aljloud, one of Brunel Law School's research students, has had a paper selected which will be presented at the Eleventh Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance.

Brunel University Research Student Conference 2014

Abdullah Almutairi (Ph.D. Student) was awarded a certificate in recognition of a high score within the Law School from the Brunel Graduate School held on 11- 12 March 2014.

A Legal and institutional analysis of the effect of European Union Law in protecting the rights of Roma minority - a focus on Hungary

Sharmin Chowdhury Hamvas presented on 28 October 2013 at the UK Network on Minority Groups and Human Rights Annual Conference.The theme of the conference was: Contrasting Indigenous and Minority Rights in Practice

Research Students' Conference 2013

Brunel Law School’s Annual Research Students’ Conference was held on Wednesday 26 June 2013.  Prejal Shah was voted, by her fellow students, as the winner of the prize for the best presentation.  Her title was “Police interrogation: suspect's rights - can India learn from England and Wales?”

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: Tuesday 22 October 2013