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The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies welcomes applications from students who wish to pursue research in any aspect of socio-legal studies, broadly defined.
The Benefits of being a research student at the Centre
There are a number of benefits to joining us as a research student:
- Access to a team of expert supervisors who are experienced socio-legal researchers and have an excellent track record in supervising to completion.
- Centre students are eligible for scholarships from the ESRC through the Grand Union Doctoral Training partnership.
- The Centre has the largest group of socio-legal students in any academic unit in the UK.
- Research students take part in a methodology course run by the Centre for Centre students.This gives students the opportunity to engage in expert training while also getting to know staff and their fellow students. The University of Oxford has a wide range of other advanced methodology lectures which students have access to.
- We place our students at the very heart of the Centre in an open plan office space where they are all allocated a desk and storage facilities.This means that students are surrounded by, and share all the Centre facilities, with staff.These include a kitchen, seminar room, social space and easy access to our team of administrators.
- Researchers at the Centre have access to two world class libraries that are only a very short walk away.The Oxford University Social Science library is housed in the same building as the Centre and the Bodleian Law Library is next store in the Law Faculty building.
- Students are given access to research funds for conferences and fieldwork expenses.
- The Centre has an impressive programme of events which involve guest lectures and seminars, socio-legal masterclasses, reading groups and student run workshops.Students will also be kept informed of events in the Law Faculty and across the University.There is never a shortage of things to go to.
- We have an active student body which organises weekly social events during term time.Student representatives sit on our General Purposes Committee and other committees where they can draw attention to student views. There is also a tradition of everyone at the Centre meeting for afternoon tea on Thursday afternoons and end of term parties.
How to Apply
Applicants must be interested in thinking about the links between law and society. Members of staff in the Centre can offer supervision of projects in a wide range of socio-legal areas. We appreciate applications for theoretically informed empirical research, as well as more theoretical socio-legal inquiries. When applicants are drafting their research proposal it may be of use to consider whether:
- They have engaged with existing literature in the field;
- Identified a body of scholarly work they want to engage with in the course of the research degree and identified a gap in the existing literature that they aim to fill;
- Specified a clear research question; and
- Identified likely sources for the research project and indicated what methods they will use in the research.
When naming referees it is beneficial for us to have academic referees who have taught or supervised applicants.
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.
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Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership studentships
A small number of applicants can be nominated by the Centre for Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). These studentships cover both fees and maintenance.
Awards can be made either for the DPhil (full or part-time) or for the MPhil if the applicant is intending to continue immediately to DPhil study. In the latter case, the student should indicate this intention in their application, although the form is the same as for the MPhil.
ESRC awards are open to both UK resident and international students, although only 30% of the awards may be given to international students. As a result, the Centre is very restricted in the nominations it can make for international students.
In order to be considered for nomination for a studentship, applicants must select ‘ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships’ in the scholarships section of the application form. They must also complete a DTP Application Form and upload it, together with the graduate application form, by the funding deadline for the course.
Applicants should note that DTP studentship applications are assessed according to the four criteria indicated on the form, namely academic record, proposal, contextual criteria, and impact. All carry equal weight in the assessment process.
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