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School of Law

MRes Law (2022 entry)

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MRes in Law aims to provide students with advanced skills in legal research, the ability to undertake high level analysis of law and legal issues with a focus on areas of research specific to the School of Law at SOAS, a grasp of the research methods that underpin the discipline and its place in the humanities and the social sciences, a grounding in legal research methods, and the ethics of legal research.

The MRres in Law is especially suited to candidates who wish to undertake a PhD or professional research in law. It prepares students to undertake high-quality research.

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Why study MRes in Law at SOAS

  • we are UK Top 20 and World Top 200 for Law (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • our research publications have been rated first in the UK - and our School of Law rated sixth in the UK - in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
  • SOAS MRes in Law is a unique qualification that brings together in-depth training in research and research methods focused on the research done in the School of Law. This is combined with other courses that are specific to SOAS and often not available anywhere else
  • the degree has been developed to meet the needs of both researchers and practitioners. The programme is thus ideally suited to prepare for a PhD in Law at SOAS, or alternatively as a stand-alone qualification, for instance, for jobs requiring in-depth policy research

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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a Bachelor of Laws with 2:2 (or international equivalent). In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time)

Fees 2022/23

UK fees:
£17,000
Overseas fees:
£24,650

Fees for 2022/23 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found on the Postgraduate tuition fees page

Convenors

Structure

Structure

Students must take modules to a total value of 180 credits, consisting of a dissertation (90 credits) and 90 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits. 

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Dissertation

Dissertation (20,000 words), on a topic related to the degree programme.

Module Code Credits Term
MRes in Law Dissertation 15PLAD179 90 Full Year
Taught Component

Compulsory Modules

Module Code Credits Term
Research Methods in Law 15PLAC181 30 Full Year

AND

Choose modules from List B up to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose further modules from List B OR from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender, Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 1
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
International Migration Law 15PLAH068 15 Term 2
International Refugee Law 15PLAH069 15 Term 1
Law, Religion, and the State in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Law, Environment and Social Justice 15PLAH067 15 Term 1
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 30 Full Year
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements (Law) 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
Law and Global Commons 15PLAH070 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law: Principles, Institutions & Enforcement 15PLAH073 15 Term 1
Biodiversity, Nature and Wildlife Law and Policy 15PLAH074 15 Term 2
Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Law) 15PLAH076 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and the Law I 15PLAH077 15 Term 1
Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy 15PLAH079 15 Term 2
Comparative Company Law 15PLAH080 15 Term 2
Israel, Palestine, and International Law (15Cr) 15PLAH081 15 Term 2
Palestine, Resistance, and the Law 15PLAH082 15 Term 2
Alternative Dispute Resolution I 15PLAH083 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution II 15PLAH084 15 Term 2
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 2
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
The Prohibition of Torture in International Law 15PLAH075 15 Term 2
Climate Change Law and Policy 15PLAH085 15 Term 2
International Protection of Human Rights (15Cr) 15PLAH086 15 Term 1
International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order 15PFFH009 15 Term 2
Gender and the Law of Peace 15PGNH013 15 Term 2
Islamic Family Law 15PLAH087 15 Term 2
Islamic Legal Theory 15PLAH088 15 Term 1
Transnational Law, Finance and Technology 15PLAH089 15 Term 2
Colonial Geographies of International Law 15PLAH090 15 Term 2
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH091 15 Term 1
Research Methods in Law 15PLAC181 30 Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 15 Term 1
Artificial Intelligence: Power, law and resistance 15PMSH042 15 Term 2
International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order 15PFFH009 15 Term 2
Open Options Note

Open options will need approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA)

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The MRes in Law programme consists of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 90 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Knowledge

  • familiarity with legal approaches to research will be developed through lectures, seminar discussions, compulsory reading assignments, and the dissertation
  • an understanding of the philosophical, ethical and political issues at the heart of law research (as well as possible solutions to such problems) will also be developed through lectures, seminar discussions, compulsory reading assignments, and the dissertation
  • critical comprehension of theoretical and empirical literature will be encouraged through substantive courses, compulsory reading assignments, lectures, and seminars

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • planning and execution of an appropriate research design will be developed through independent projects, essays, and the dissertation
  • understanding and utilization of appropriate research methods will be encouraged through independent projects (e.g. essays), oral presentations, and the dissertation

Subject-based practical skills

  • the interpretation and critique of published research will be encouraged via compulsory reading assignments, synthetic/critical lectures, and regular seminar discussions, as well as long essays and the dissertation

Transferable skills

  • an awareness of research resources available to social scientists will be provided via 1) the provision of detailed reading lists, which include, where appropriate, reference to on-line materials and 2) compulsory reading assignments which familiarize students with secondary sources
  • an ability to write up and present the findings of analysis will be encouraged via long essays, coursework, exams, and the dissertation

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 3 tuition fee)

Full-time
Home
Students
Overseas
Students
£17,000 £24,650

Please note that fees go up each year. 

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees, visit our Postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

SOAS Law graduates leave SOAS as civic minded and critically engaged individuals who can effectively contribute to their communities and societies. With a thorough understanding of the legal dimensions underlying many of our global challenges today, our Law students are valued by employers due to their analytical skills, specialist knowledge, and global perspective.

Careers

Recent School of Law SOAS graduates have been hired by organisations including:

  • PwC LLP
  • BLM Law
  • BloombergNEF
  • British Medical Association
  • Clifford Chance
  • DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • EY
  • HM Treasury
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Legal Cheek
  • Simpson Millar Solicitors
  • The Economist
  • Travers Smith
  • Vodafone
  • World Cancer Research Fund

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Roles

SOAS Law degree graduates gain positions including:

  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Finance Manager
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Financial Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Tax Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Recruitment Consultant

A Student's Perspective

One of my fondest memories of SOAS is the International Students Welcome ceremony where I met a few of my friends. Freshers’ Week overall was pretty fun and my classes are incredibly involving and interesting.

Alexis Berko, Wesleyan University

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