Entry requirements for research degrees

Academic: PhD entry

Applicants applying to enter the PhD programme will normally be expected to have:

1. An undergraduate degree at first or upper second class honours level (or equivalent). This should be a degree in law or a degree featuring a substantial legal component or a degree in another area relevant to your proposed research.

2. A masters degree at high merit or distinction level (or equivalent). Applicants currently registered on a masters programme should show evidence that they are likely to graduate with a high merit or distinction.

3. A good research proposal for a PhD project. See our Writing a PhD Proposal guide. The School of Law usually holds a 'PhD proposal writing workshop' in the Autumn term and details of this will be advertised on our webpages.

Academic: all research degrees

Where the School may be able to provide supervision for a candidate we may ask the applicant for samples of their academic writing (usually from their most recent degree) and we will normally interview candidates over the phone, by skype or in person.

Applicants may wish to also note that:

  • Postgraduate research degrees are normally undertaken on a full-time basis, but part time may also be permitted.
  • Students admitted to the PhD programme begin on "PhD (initial registration)" status. After about 15 months they submit a preliminary body of work with a view to having their registration confirmed - "PhD (confirmed registration)". All students are regularly monitored by independent monitoring panels, as well as by their supervisors.

English language - all research degrees

Students whose previous degree was not studied for in English are required to provide evidence of proficiency. Please see further information on the English language requirements for postgraduate law courses.

UK visa requirements - all research degrees

If you are not a national of the European Union (EU), it is likely that you will need to obtain a UK visa before you travel. Please see the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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Contact us

Elizabeth Wyeth
Postgraduate Research Administrator
m.e.wyeth@reading.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 4165

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