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.

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 current research students and notes from the field pages. 

The 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, while the MPhil is available to students who have undertaken the BCL/MJur in the Law Faculty and wish to undertake a socio-legal project during the second year of their programme.

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, 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.

If you have any further queries please contact Dr. Bettina Lange, the Director of Graduate Studies for the Centre (

Studentships in association with the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies

The Centre has recently offered two studentships, and successful candidates are expected to take up their places from October 2016.

DPhil Socio-Legal Studies: 'Impact of new EU data protection regulations’

DPhil Socio-Legal Studies: ‘Use and governance of data for research’