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What will I learn?


The PhD and MRes programmes are closely linked to our growing and dynamic research culture. You'll benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff, working alongside a portfolio of dynamic and popular masters programmes.

PhD programme

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

To find out more about what to include in your proposal download ourLaw and Social Sciences PhD Proposal Guidelines (PDF File 97 KB) presentation.


Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Which department am I in?

School of Law and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£15,400.00 (US$ 17,582) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

September 2022


Southwark Campus

103 Borough Road,

Kensington and Chelsea,


SE1 0AA, England

Online/Distance (6 years)

Tuition fees
£4,670.00 (US$ 5,332) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

September 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a 2.1 honours degree, and a relevant Postgraduate qualification at Masters level would be beneficial. If you have the equivalent of lower second class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be expected to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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