SOAS University of London

School of Law

Research Degrees: Law


Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£4,155
Overseas fees:
£15,085

The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

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Overview

The School of Law accepts candidates for research work leading to a PhD. The central feature of PhD work is the close relationship between the doctoral candidate and his or her supervisor, in which they meet regularly and consult closely. This relationship is supported and strengthened in various ways. Every doctoral candidate has an adjunct supervisor, another member of staff with a close interest in the candidate’s region and/or subfield of the discipline.

There is a research tutor with overall responsibility for doctoral candidates who is available for a discussion of general problems. In addition there are a number of other activities which contribute to a doctoral candidate’s work and training. All incoming MPhil/PhD candidates are required to take the School of Law’s Research Seminar Programme in their first year.

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to contribute to the research activities of the department. Several of them are active in the various Research Centres run in the School of Law and are encouraged to participate in conferences and other projects organised by the department. The School of Law hosts Reading Groups, which doctoral candidates are encouraged to participate in. Doctoral candidates are expected to participate in the School of Law PhD Colloquium which is held once a year. The colloquium gives doctoral candidates the opportunity to present their research and progress to colleagues and staff.

Many SOAS doctoral candidates spend some time doing field work in the regions of their research. The School, and other members of SOAS, through their various connections with individuals and institutions in the universities and governments of Asia and Africa, facilitate this work with personal contacts and introductions. The School’s language training facilities are also available to doctoral candidates to develop their facility in an appropriate language for research purposes.

Applicants must normally have an advanced degree equivalent in level and content to the School of Law’s LLM or MA.

Important notice: Doctoral students as of 2017/18 academic year will be required to completed Research Integrity Online Programme, as part of their upgrading requirement.

The School of Law strictly observes the application deadline of 31 May for entry in September of the same year. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for entry in the following academic year.

Some Recent Theses

  • Dr Adeeba Aziz Khan, Electoral Institutions in Bangladesh: A Study of Conflicts Between the Formal and the Informal (2016).
  • Dr Al Khanif, Protecting Religious Minorities within Islam in Indonesia: A Challenge for International Human Rights Law and Islamic Law (2016).
  • Dr Jonathan Bashi Rudahindwa, Regional Developmentalism and the Use of Law to Support the Establishment of an African Economic Community (2016).
  • Dr Osifunke Ekundayo, The Legal Protection of Children's Right to Free and Compulsory Primary Education in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects (2016).
  • Dr Feja Lesniewska, Looking Beyond the Canopy – The Influence of International Principles, Actors and Values in Evolving Forest Related Law (Case Study China) (2015).
  • Dr Hani Zedan, A Critical Analysis of Legal and Regulatory Policy-making in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Driving Factors, Determinants and Consequences (2015).
  • Dr Khanapoj Joemrith, Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Sovereign States - The Validity of Sovereign Immunity Defense in Investor-State Arbitration (2015).
  • Dr Aida Tamer Chammas, Accountability for Environmental Damage Arising out of Armed Conflict in International Law (2015).
  • Dr Jean-Philippe Dequen, Evolution of the place of Islamic law within the Indian legal order, 1600-2014 (2015).
  • Dr Sonia Zaman Khan, Democratic transition and the caretaker government in Bangladesh in a culture of mistrust (2015).
  • Dr Sulaiman Al-Turki, Codification of Islamic Law in Saudi Arabia (2015).
  • Dr Mimi Ajibadé, A case study of corporate governance practice of SMEs listed on ChiNext, China’s Growth Enterprise Market (2015).
  • Dr Leila Alikarami, The Quest for Gender Equality of Iranian Women: The Compatibility of Iranian Law with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (2014).
  • Dr Anselmo Samussone, Corporate Governance and Legal Protection of Minority Shareholders in Mozambique (2014).
  • Dr Amy Kellam, Foreign Devils: Law’s Imperial Discourse and the Status of Tibet (2014).
  • Dr Nargess Tavassolian, The Quest for Freedom of Thought and Expression in post-1979 Iran – A Comparative Study of Iranian, Islamic and International Law (2014).
  • Dr Sia Eshghi, International Law, Cyber Space and Social Movements: A Critical Interjection (2014).
  • Dr Lucja Nowak, Exploring the Limits of the Concept of Legitimate Expectations in Investment Treaty Law: A Study in Comparative Law and the Development of International Law (2014).
  • Dr Owen Taylor, Revolution and International Law (2014).
  • Dr Vincent Depaigne, The Legitimacy of the Secular State: People, Culture and Rights in Comparative Constitutional Law (2014).
  • Dr Muin Boase, Imperialism, Economic Sovereignty and the Birth of International Investment Law 1843-1975 (2014).
  • Dr Reem Wael Mahmoud Mohamed, Gender Based Violence in South Africa: An Investigation of the Relationship between Women, NGOs and the Law (2014).
  • Dr Mudasra Sabreen, Rights of a Minor in the Case of Separation between Parents (A Comparative Study of Islamic Law and Pakistani Law) (2014).
  • Dr Mohammed Al Sewilem, The Legal Framework for Foreign Direct Investment in Saudi Arabia (2013).
  • Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi,  Gender Justice in Post-conflict Societies: An Assessment of Sierra Leone and Liberia (2013).
  • Dr Abdulbari Altamni, Reservations to International Human Rights Treaties, with Special Reference to Muslim States' Practice of Reservations to the CEDAW: Analytical Study of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (2013).
  • Dr Chifundo Kachale, Judicial (in)Activism in Malawi?: A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Constitutional Jurisprudence on Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law (2013).
  • Dr Mahbubur Rahman, Sentencing Policies of Bangladesh: Implications for Practice (2013).
  • Dr Benjamin Tahyar, Patrimonialism, Power and the Politics of  Judicial Reform in Post-Soeharto Indonesia: An Institutional Analysis  (2013).
  • Dr Mansour Talebpour, Impunity and the International Criminal Court  (2013).
  • Dr Sarah Elibiary, Islamic Jurisprudential Discourses on the Conduct of Hostilities: Embracing Pragmatism (2012).
  • Dr Anita Ferrara, Unexpected Consequences - The Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective (2012).
  • Dr John Haskell, Political Theology – The Protestant Influence on the Development of Contemporary International Law and Governance (2012).
  • Dr Casper August (Gus) Waschefort, Child Soldiers and International Law: Progressing Towards "An Era of Application"? (2012).
  • Dr Yuelong Fan; Parallel-and-Multiple Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in a Globalised World: Issues and Reforms (2012).
  • Dr Jonathan George Ercanbrack; The Law of Islamic Finance in the United Kingdom (2012).
  • Dr Maria Federica Moscati; Pasolini's Premonitions - Legal, Procedural and Social Dimensions of Same-Sex Unions and Same-Sex Disputes in Comparative Perspective (2012).
  • Dr Victor Matthew Kattan; The Tyranny of the Majority - Partition and the Evolution of Self-Determination in International Law 1492-1994 (2012).
  • Dr Peter Ntephe; Does Africa need Another Kind of Law? Alterity and the Rule of Law in Subsaharan Africa (2012).
  • Dr Nesrine Badawi, Islamic Jurisprudence on the Regulation of armed Conflict: A Contextual Study (2011).
  • Dr Patricia Ng; Down and out and denied in London: appropriate and inappropriate dispute processes for homeless applicants (2010).
  • Dr Russell Wilcox; Nature, law and historical transformation: A comparative study with particular reference to China and India (2010).
  • Dr Agnes Bertrand; The role of the European Union in the resolution of the Israeli Palestinian issue: towards an involvement based on respect for International Law and Human Rights (2010).
  • Dr Elisa Nesossi; Criminal Justice, Human Rights, and Legal Reforms in Contemporary China: The Discourses and Practice of Pre-Trial Detention (2010).

Academic Staff and their Research

Details of the academic staff and their research.

Structure

First Year

Coursework

During the first year​, MPhil/PhD candidates are required to attend the School of Law’s Postgraduate Research Training Seminar, whose purpose is to introduce them to the principal practical and methodological ​issues​ associated with postgraduate legal studies. ​This course introduces MPhil/PhD candidates to both an array of methodologies, as well as different bodies of legal scholarship and theory. MPhil/PhD candidates are also able to avail themselves of general seminars on research methodology offered by the SOAS Doctoral School.

By the beginning of the third term of the first year, MPhil/PhD candidates are required to hand in a draft Research Plan that is an integrated document based on the methodology paper, research paper, draft dissertation abstract, draft table of contents, draft bibliography and working schedule.

Upgrading

All doctoral candidates are first registered as MPhil candidates. The process of upgrading - that is, upgrading registration from MPhil to PhD - takes place at the end of the first year of study (or part-time equivalent) and involves all members of the Supervisory Committee in the assessment of the candidate's work to date. Specifically, the potential of the work to be developed into a PhD thesis of University of London standard. It is based on the Research Plan and a presentation of that plan to the Supervisory Committee. Candidates who are not upgraded in accordance with this process will not be eligible to proceed to submission of a PhD thesis, although they may proceed to submit for an MPhil at the end of two years of full-time registration or part-time equivalent.

Important notice: Doctoral students as of 2017/18 academic year will be required to completed Research Integrity Online Programme, as part of their upgrading requirement.

After Year 1

After their first year, doctoral candidates must carefully plan their time so that they can finish their draft thesis well in time before the end of their third year of registration. The process followed by each doctoral candidate is guided by their research project. This may include a period of field research if required by the nature of project undertaken.​ Doctoral candidates are encouraged to take part in the Law School's research activities and events, including the PhD Colloquium, activities organised by Research Centres, informal reading groups, and the Law School Research Seminar series.

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Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Research DegreesFull-time Part-time 
UK/EUOverseasUK/EUOverseas
MPhil/PhD £4,155 £15,085 £2,078 £7,543
Extension of Writing-up Status - 3 Terms £948 £948 £948 £948
Visiting Research Students (charged pro rata for termly attendance) £4,155 £15,085 -  -

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