The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies welcomes applications from candidates wishing to pursue doctoral study in the field of Socio-Legal Studies. From October 2017, the programme is available on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time study usually comprises three to four years, inclusive of research methodology training in the first year. Part-time study lasts for six to eight years.
The Centre is able to accommodate doctoral research in a wide variety of areas within the general field of Socio-Legal Studies. We appreciate applications for theoretically informed empirical research, as well as more theoretical socio-legal inquiries.
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 research, current research students and notes from the field pages.
Students finance their fees and living expenses in different ways. Each year a number of applicants to the CSLS from the UK and EU are successful in obtaining funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). UK/EU (resident) candidates can be nominated by the Centre for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership studentship, for either the DPhil (full and part-time), or the MPhil where students are intending to continue immediately to DPhil study (ESRC funding is not available for a stand-alone Masters programme). Studentships cover 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.
Students who are EU nationals and start courses in autumn 2018 will be classed for the purposes of Oxford University and College fee liability as UK home students for the duration of their course, which may extend after the UK is likely to have exited the EU, in 2019. EU nationals will also continue to be eligible for fee grants from the UK government research councils, such as the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC). For further information see also the central University Brexit webpages.
We also offer programmes of study leading to:
MPhil in Socio-Legal Research, a one year Masters by Research
MPhil in Law, a one year Masters by Research..
MPhil in Socio-Legal Research and DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies programmes are wholly undertaken at the CSLS.