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Law MPhil University of Birmingham




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Course info


As a postgraduate researcher at Birmingham Law School you will be contributing to more than 85 years of research tradition, working alongside some of the country's most eminent legal scholars.

Our expertise spans a wide range of areas, including commercial law, criminal law, criminal justice, judicial administration, European law, public law, human rights, international law, private law, restitution, conflicts of law, international economic law, comparative law, health and social welfare, socio-legal studies, and legal theory.

Why Study this Course?

  • Academic expertise: You will be supervised by experts, internationally renowned for their research in the legal field. Many of our academics ‘wrote the book’ on their on their area of expertise, or have been commissioned by governments and other public bodies to carry out important applied legal research. The University of Birmingham is also one of the UK’s top 20 law schools (QS World Rankings 2019).
  • Postgraduate community: The postgraduate community at Birmingham Law School is lively and supportive. You will have the opportunity to organise and participate in a range of research events, as well as get involved in social events. It is not without significance that several members of the School’s academic staff were themselves postgraduate students here. You can also make the most of new, dedicated postgraduate study spaces in the Law School and neighbouring Frankland Building. Read more about the postgraduate community at Birmingham Law School.
  • Employability: Birmingham is one of the top universities in the UK for graduate employment. Our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) offers support, whether you are looking to pursue a career in law, academia or elsewhere.

Postgraduate employability: Law

Postgraduate research students have the opportunity to benefit from extensive careers advice and employability support from the Law School. If you are interested in a qualifying as a lawyer, you have access to a wide range of events and activities, including regular visits from major law firms and barristers’ chambers. All of our careers and employability activities are organised through the Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research. Over the past 5 years, 83% of our postgraduates were in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE 2012 – 2017).

If a career in academia is your goal, we have an annual lecture and exclusive advice sessions for postgraduate researchers, which includes support to develop you career profile and secure a job in higher education. It is not without significance that several members of the Law School’s academic staff were themselves postgraduate students here.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Law MPhil.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

£18,810.00 (19,33,070) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




University of Birmingham




B15 2TT, England

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees

£18,810.00 (19,33,070) per year

The same fees apply to both campus-based and distance learning study. The distance learning programme fee also includes a fully-funded visit to campus for each full year of the programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom


Entry requirement for international students

Students should usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree in law (or a subject related to the proposed area of research) or its international equivalent. IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band is equivalent to: TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 67 in all four skills; Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency - minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Birmingham.

College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarships

Value of scholarship

The College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer a number of Home fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses from September 2021.

Application details:

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online funding application form. Your application must also be supported by two references. The deadline for applying is Monday 22 March 2021 at 4pm. By applying, you will be automatically considered for relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.


Expected March 2022

Eligibility requirements:

Applications are welcome from Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools: English, Drama, American and Creative Studies; History and Cultures; Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music; Law; Philosophy, Theology and Religion. Eligibility Criteria: This award is open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time campus-based masters-level programmes in the College of Arts and Law.; They are available to students who commence their study at the start of the 2021 academic year. These awards are not available to current Masters students; International students are eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home rate if successful. Subject area: African Studies, American and Canadian Studies, Antiquity, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Drama and Theatre Arts, English Language and Linguistics, English Literature, Film and Creative Writing, Heritage, History, History of Art, Law, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Theology and Religion.

Who can apply:

All international

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