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Socio-Legal Studies DPhil University of Oxford



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The Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree entails the carrying out of a research project in the field of socio-legal studies and writing a thesis of between 75,000 and 100,000 words under the guidance of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, an international leader for the study of laws in societies. The thesis must make a significant and substantial contribution to its field. Students are particularly encouraged to develop a topic that contributes to an understanding of ‘law in action’, which is a key aspect of the ‘law in society’, research pursued in the Centre. As a DPhil student you will in the first instance be admitted to Probationer Research Student (PRS) status. Throughout the period of your studies, you will work with a supervisor with whom you should meet individually at regular intervals to discuss your project and to provide feedback and advice. You will also be able to take part in an extensive range of seminar programmes and discussion groups, affording plentiful opportunities for interaction both with your peers and with academics working in the same or similar research areas. DPhil students pursue a range of career paths after completion of the doctorate. Many take up academic posts, or pursue postdoctoral research of one sort or another. Some enter legal practice others go to work as advisers to the government, non-governmental organisations and private companies.

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Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

£20,115.00 (18,63,059) per year

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02 Sep


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 110 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 191 with Minimum 185 per component; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 191 with Minimum 185 per component.

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