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. In order to be considered for a Grand Union DTP ESRC studentship, you must select ‘ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences’ in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form.  You must also complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form and upload it, together with your graduate application form, by the relevant January deadline for your course. 

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.

If you have any further queries please see the frequently asked questions page. You can also contact Dr. Marina Kurkchiyan, the Director of Graduate Studies for the Centre (



Full information and advice on how to apply can be found on Graduate Admissions