SOAS University of London

School of Law

Law Research Degrees (PhD/MPhil) (2018 entry)

Fees 2019/20

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Fees for 2019/20 entrants. 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

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Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

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 30 June 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

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  • Dr Chung-Hsien Lee, Fragmentation, Integration and Sustainable Development - Reflections from the Market-Based Mechanism for GHG-Emission Reduction (2018)
  • Dr Kuan-Chuan Huang, Judicial Supremecy in in Taiwan: Strategic Models and the Judicial Yuan, 1990-1999 (2018)
  • Dr Sujith Koonan, The Right to Sanitation in India: A Multi-Faceted Right in Search of a Comprehensive Framework (2018)
  • Dr Hala Helmi, Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Arabian/Persian Gulf: A Study of Gulf State Practice in the light of International Law, with particular reference to the Continental Shelf (2018)
  • Dr Elizabeth Torbe Stubbins Bates, Solving the Conundrum between Military Training, Prevention and Compliance in International Humanitarian Law (2018)
  • Dr Laila Fathi, Forgetting the unforgivable: Amnesties following the Algerian war of independence (1962-2012) (2018)
  • Dr Emilio Ramos Calzon, Patents, Innovation and Free-Riding in China (2018)Dr Sujith Koonan, The Right to Sanitation in India: A Multi-Faceted Right in Search of a Comprehensive Framework (2018)
  • Dr Miyase Yavuz, The Role of Ijtihad in Family Law Reforms of Modern Muslim-Majority States: A Case Study of Morocco (2018)
  • Dr Radin Ariff Taquiddin Radin Amir, The Role of Takaful Business Practices in the Development of Malaysian Takaful Law (2018)
  • Dr Murtaza Shaikh, Protection of Religious Minorities: Between Islamic Law and International Law - A Comparative Study of Scope and Freedom of Religion (2018)
  • Dr Sheri Labenski, Female Defendants in International Criminal Law and Beyond (2018)
  • Dr Nandini Shivany Boodia-Canoo, Assembling a Nation: Law, Labour and Identities in 19th century Mauritius (2017)
  • Dr Hanns Bjoern Kendel, The Terror Court Assemblage - Two Case Studies from India (2017)
  • Dr Prince Ndudi Councillor Olokotor, Judicial Attitudes to Enforcement of Transnational Awards under the New York Convention: A Critical Assessment of the English and Nigerian Courts (2017)
  • Dr Ahmad Aldarbas, The regulatory framework of the real estate sector in the Arabian Gulf countries (2017)
  • Dr Noryati Haji Ibrahim, Divorce Related Issues: A Study of Financial Settlement under Muslim Family Law in Brunei (2017)
  • Dr Virginie Rouas, In Search of Corporate Accountability: Transnational Litigation against Multinational Enterprises in France and the Netherlands (2017)
  • Dr Demetra Loizou, The impact of the International Criminal Court's establishment on the further and future development of the crimes within its jurisdiction  (2017)
  • Dr Gabriela Marti, Filipino and Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore and Hong Kong: Legal Regulation and Access to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining (2017)
  • Dr Jinan Yousef Mohamed Abdulrazzaq Bastaki, Refugees No More: The Implications of Citizenship for the Palestinian Right of Return.  (2017)
  • Dr Vishal Vora, The Islamic Marriage Conundrum:  Register or Recognize?  The legal Consequences of the nikah in England and Wales (2016)
  • Dr Xiu Ling Yu, Transplanting Law: Control, Resistance and Co-operation (2016)
  • Dr Jonathan Bashi Rudahindwa, Regional Developmentalism and the Use of Law to Support the Establishment of an African Economic Community (2016)
  • Dr Moataz Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed Elfegiry, Islamic Law and Human Rights in the Thought and Practice of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (2016)
  • Dr Adeeba Aziz Khan, Electoral Institutions in Bangladesh: A Study of Conflicts Between the Formal and the Informal (2016)
  • Dr Sham Arun-Qayyum, People, not only societies, are multicultural: An interdisciplinary study examining how Muslims in Britain are negotiating overlapping (legal) norms, identities and traditions (2016)
  • Dr Xiaolei  Song, Corporate Governance: A Legal Study on Reform of State-Owned Enterprises in China (2016)
  • Dr Al Khanif, Protecting Religious Minorities within Islam in Indonesia: A Challenge for International Human Rights Law and Islamic Law (2016)
  • Dr Ebbe Rogge, Better Banking for Britain (2016)
  • Dr Noryati Haji Ibrahim, Divorce Related Issues: A Study of Financing Settlement under Muslim Family law in Brunei (2016).
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  • Dr Vishal Vora, The Islamic Marriage Conundrum: Register or Recognise? The Legal Consequences of the Nikah in England and Wales (2016).
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  • 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).
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Academic Staff and their Research

Details of the academic staff and their research.


First Year


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.


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.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Research Degrees Full-time  Part-time 
UK/EU Overseas UK/EU Overseas
MPhil/PhD £4,396 £17,967 £2,198 £8,984
Extension of Writing-up Status - 3 Terms £990 £990 £990 £990
Visiting Research Students (charged pro rata for termly attendance) £4,396 £17,967 -  -
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships


Application Deadline: 2019-01-08 23:59

Elisabeth Croll Scholarship for fieldwork in China

Application Deadline: 2019-04-24 16:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-05-01 16:00

SOAS Research Studentships

Application Deadline: 2019-03-28 16:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

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


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