One and three-year courses available

Students on advanced degrees engage in supervised research and produce a thesis which is presented for examination. A PhD takes a minimum of three years' full-time study, while an MPhil takes one. The doctoral programme provides guidance on research methodology in a wide range of areas, both subject-specific and multi-disciplinary.

Research supervision is available from academic staff in our four Research Centres in the areas of private law, commercial law, criminal law and evidence, family law, human rights law, public and administrative law, European law, environmental law, ethics and philosophy, and socio-legal studies. 

Current and recent research projects include:

  • Nuclear energy policy and law in the UK and EU
  • Law and sustainable development
  • The impact of European law on wasted resources in the UK construction industry
  • The Implementation of Key IMO Regulations in the Gulf States
  • The law governing unlawful maritime acts
  • The multimodal transportation regime under the Rotterdam Rules
  • The differences in law and practice relating to transport documentation
  • Fraudulent claims in insurance law
  • Personal property security regimes
  • Private enforcement of competition law within the EU
  • IP Law, technological development and the expansion of global trading via the Internet
  • The responsibility to protect minority populations
  • Familial homicide and the role and function of the criminal law
  • The law governing bad character evidence in criminal trials
  • Facilitating a bilingual legal system
  • The evaluation of a youth justice project with young people identified as gang members

Prospective research students can find out more about potential supervisors from the list below. Sometimes supervision will be provided by two joint supervisors. Occasionally, supervision can be organised with a colleague from another discipline. In a recent case a student was supervised jointly by colleagues from the College of Law and Criminology and the School of Management.

Staff Proposals

Prof Simon Baughen

Dr Patrick Bishop

Environmental law: in particular, research which focuses on the enforcement of environmental law or the role of private law in environmental protection. Research proposals in any area of land law or property law would also be welcome.

Dr Stephen Case

Research focused on youth justice and youth offending, crime prevention, children's rights and risk assessment.

Ms Ruth Costigan

Criminal evidence law or human rights law. Particular specialisms include visual images as evidence, witness protection at trial, the admission and use of bad character evidence, police seizure of journalists’ material, the use of media material and testimony in criminal trials and public inquiries, source anonymity and media freedom, and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Dr Arwel Davies

Research relating to International Economic Law and the law and practice of the World Trade Organization.

Dr Bebhinn Donnelly -Lazarov

Research with a significant theoretical element, particularly if concerned with the origins of normativity, the nature of judicial reasoning, law and human nature, or theoretical issues in criminal law."

Professor Kevin Haines

Youth justice.

Dr Simon Hoffman

Law and social policy including human rights implementation and socio-economic rights, or children’s rights.

 Dr Victoria Jenkins

General areas of environmental law, particularly public environmental law.

 Professor Timothy Jones

General areas of criminal law and public law, including those from a law and economics perspective. Also proposals on themes connected to the constitutional and legal developments consequent to devolution.

 Dr. George Leloudas

Proposals or enquiries regarding research on carriage of passengers and goods by air, insurance law, tort law and private international law.

Professor Elizabeth Macdonald

Contract law, e-commerce law (particularly contractual aspects), and information technology law (particularly system supply contracts).

 Dr Stuart Macdonald

Criminal law, including substantive criminal law, theoretical approaches to criminal law and criminal justice policy.

 Mr John Minkes

The nature, causes and control of corporate and white-collar crime.

 Ms Jill Morgan

Property-related legal areas, including land law, landlord and tenant law and housing law.

Professor Karen Morrow

Environmental law at international, EU and/or domestic levels, in particular on aspects of participation in environmental decision-making.

Dr Theodora Nikaki

Carriage of goods by sea and private international law.

Professor R Gwynedd Parry

Minorities and international law, legal history and criminal Justice (including where appropriate through the medium of Welsh).

Dr Helen Quane

International human rights Law (including minority protection, self-determination, human rights and conflict prevention) and UK human rights law.

Professor Peter Raynor

Offender rehabilitation and community penalties.

Ms. Sue Roberts

Sexual offending, particularly sexual offending against children.

Professor Volker Roeben

International law, including international trade and commerce, collective security and general public international law. Also European Union and comparative public law themes.

Dr. Tracey Sagar

Sex work and various aspects of the sex industry.

Professor Baris Soyer

Commercial, insurance and maritime law.

Dr Pedro Telles

Professor Andrew Tettenborn

All aspects of private and commercial law.

Dr. Pamela Ugwudike

Human rights implementation and/or multi-level governance.

Dr. Shuangge Wen

Company law and corporate governance.

Ms Jane Williams

Human rights implementation and/or multi-level governance.