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MPhil/PhD Programmes

The School of Advanced Study is the UK's national research hub in the humanities and offers a world-class research environment to our postgraduate students.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:

  • Public Law and Regulation
  • European and Comparative Law
  • International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Private and Commercial
  • Law Law, Legal Profession and Access to Justice
PhD In Law
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies library is the national research library for law – and one of the largest law research libraries in Europe.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a unique institution, which has as its mission the promotion and support of legal research in its widest sense. At the heart of the Institute is the IALS Library – the national research library for law and one of the largest law research libraries in Europe.  

Doctoral researchers will therefore benefit from a rich collection of materials on the law of the UK, Commonwealth and European countries, the USA and EU, as well as other national jurisdictions, international and comparative law. The IALS Library also manages several legal archive collections, and is at the forefront of providing digital resources and online legal research tools. 

The School of Advanced Study runs an extensive research training programme, open to all postgraduate students, as well as an active public engagement calendar. The School is part of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), through which we are able to offer a number of studentships in humanities disciplines, as well as the range of studentships and bursaries available through our institutes. 

How to Apply 

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor.  

Visit the School of Advanced Study website to find out more about potential supervisors and subject areas, as well as details about available funding opportunities and more information about distance learning research degrees.