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.
Applications for the next round will commence from September. All applications will be reviewed in one gathered field after the application deadline in January, and interviews take place in February; if applicants have not been contacted for interview by mid-February they can assume their application has not been successful on this occasion. Applicants who have been interviewed will receive the final decision circa the end of March from the Graduate Admissions Office. Admissions information and application forms will be published via the University Admissions website.
Applicants do not need to contact fellows at the Centre prior to their application in order to identify a supervisor. Supervisors will be allocated in September prior to admission in October once places for graduate research degrees have been taken up.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course. The UK government has also confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today – through postgraduate loans from the Student Loans Company and Research Council funding available from UK Research and Innovation.
Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership studentship
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). 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 MST or DPhil (full and part-time); this covers 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. Information about ESRC studentships at Oxford can be found on the Grand Union DTP website. Please ensure you have read all of the guidance available on the website before completing the Grand Union DTP Application Form. Questions can be directed to the Grand Union DTP Office.
Wolfson-Marriott Graduate Scholarship 2019/2020
Wolfson-Marriott awards have been made possible by a philanthropic legacy from the late Dr Francis Marriott and from a donation from the University’s Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund. The scholarship covers course fees (at the Home/EU rate for DPhil applicants) and a grant for living costs for full time students at RCUK rates (currently £14,777).
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies can make one such award and you will be automatically considered for such an award if you are applying for an ESRC studentship.
When awarding these Scholarships, preference will be given to applicants who have listed Wolfson as their first-choice college when two (or more) candidates are of equal academic merit.
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Applicants must be interested in thinking about the links between law and society. Members of staff in the CSLS can offer supervision of projects in most areas of socio-legal studies. We appreciate applications for theoretically informed empirical research, as well as more theoretical socio-legal inquiries.
CSLS Student Representative(s) for 2018-19