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Our research areas

Reflecting the breadth of our academic expertise, we offer PhD supervision – spanning both doctrinal and socio-legal work – across a number of research groups.


All PhD students will be associated with at least one grouping and participate in research seminars and other events organised by them.


PhD supervision

When you undertake a PhD with us, you'll be assigned two supervisors who have research expertise in your chosen area of enquiry. If your project spans disciplines, a second supervisor may be from a different School to complement your areas of interest.

Our academics are leaders in their areas of research and will work closely with you to ensure your time with us as a PhD student is as rewarding as possible.

Find out more about how to apply for a PhD, and identify and contact a supervisor.

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Types of doctoral degree

We offer several routes to a doctoral qualification, so you can find the one that suits you and the topic you wish to study.

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Part-time study

Part-time PhDs are available in the School, as well as full time, so you can choose a mode of study that suits your circumstances.

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PhD by Distance

Our PhD by Distance programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a Reading-based supervisor, while conducting your research in a different location.