Master of Studies in Legal Research
Candidates for the Master of Studies in Legal Research (MSt) write a supervised thesis of up to 30,000 words, as well as completing the Faculty's Course in Legal Research Methods, common to all its research degrees, which takes place predominantly in the first two terms (with a conference at the start of the third term). Students are allocated a supervisor (it is not necessary for applicants to try to identify a supervisor themselves) who will normally meet with them two or three times a term to discuss their work, although it is quite common, especially at the beginning and in the later stages of the MSt work, for meetings to be more frequent than that, according to student needs
. Students are normally expected to complete the course in three terms though the regulations allow up to five terms in total. The residence requirement for the course is three terms. Students usually submit the thesis between the end of the third term and the end of the vacation following the third term. The thesis is assessed by two examiners (usually one internal and one external to the Faculty) who will read the thesis and then arrange an oral examination (known as a viva voce) with the student in the course of which they will put various questions to the student before writing a report which will comment both on the content of the thesis and the student's performance in the oral examination. The examiners may award a pass or a distinction, or if they consider it to be below the required standard, may refer the thesis back for revision and resubmission within a further three terms.
- More about funding for postgraduate students.
- More about admissions to the MSt: requirements and procedures, links to forms, etc.
- Our postgraduate handbook (pdf), which explains in more detail what to expect as a MSt student, including more details of the course in legal research method.
- General questions about life as a research student? Check out our FAQs
Whilst the MSt is a one year research degree in its own right, students may also proceed from the MSt to DPhil status - for more information about the procedures involved please follow the link to the graduate handbook above and the link to the DPhil below.
More about the DPhil and the alternative routes into it.