The main distinction between these two research degrees lies in the length of time devoted to earning the degrees, the ambition and the scope of the work undertaken and the extent of the research training that candidates are able to benefit from. A PhD usually involves three years (full-time) or five years (part-time) of study whereas an MA by Research involves a one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) project.
Research at the School of Law
The School of Law at Leeds offers a successful and thriving collection of research degrees programmes. We have over one hundred registered postgraduate researchers and an excellent record of completed research degrees. Approximately half of our postgraduate researchers are drawn to Leeds from overseas, reflecting the wide range of nationalities and diversity of backgrounds of our research community.
The School has been ranked 8th in the UK for the quality and impact of its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The School’s results show that 98 per cent of our research was of at least international quality, with 88 per cent classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ confirming the School’s position as one of the leading centres in the world for research in criminology and law.
We are well placed to continue to deliver excellence to research students, bringing together high quality teaching with world-leading research. We have particular expertise in the areas of our research centres and units, and provide students with two trained and experienced academic supervisors that are experts in the field of research.
Our research centres
The School houses four major research centres.
- Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP)
- Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS)
- Centre for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ)
- Law and Emerging Technologies Research Group (LETRG)
Our academics supervise in many areas. Find out their areas here.
White Rose Doctoral Training Centre
We are part of the ESRC funded White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which means that each year we are able to offer at least one fully-funded ESRC studentship in socio-legal studies or criminology. We currently have 12 ESRC funded PhD students studying with us, including themed Network, Collaborative, and Advanced Quantitative Methods studentships.
White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership
We are also part of the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, which is an AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. From 2014 WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC-studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at their prospective School. We encourage applications for PhD study in doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, or comparative research studies that are focused on the content or procedures of the law.