The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue research in any aspect of socio-legal studies, broadly defined. We offer programmes of study leading to MSt and DPhil degrees in Socio-Legal  Studies and to the MPhil in Law. MSt and DPhil programmes are wholly undertaken at the CSLS.

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Socio-Legal Research is a one-year research programme which requires students to write a 30,000-word dissertation on a topic falling within the field of Socio-Legal Studies. Students can either take this as a free-standing qualification or progress from the MSt to the DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies.

The Centre for Socio-legal Studies is able to accommodate a wide variety of research projects falling within the general field of Socio-Legal Studies.

UK/EU (resident) candidates can be nominated by the Centre for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership, for either the MST or DPhil (full and part-time); this covers fees and maintenance for UK students, and fees-only for EU students. No separate application process applies; your application, if you qualify, will be considered automatically by assessors.

For further information, please consult the current prospectus for full details and how to apply. You may also be interested in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies current research students and notes from the field pages. 

If you have any further queries please contact Dr. Bettina Lange, the Director of Graduate Studies for the Centre (bettina.lange@csls.ox.ac.uk).