School of Law

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School of Law
University of Leeds
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Doctoral Training Centre

The University of Leeds is part of the ESRC accredited White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.

MA by Research

About the MA by research

If you have a longstanding interest or connections in a particular legal or criminal justice field, perhaps for example related to your occupation or other significant experience, then an MA by Research may be suitable for you.

The degree can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part time). The part-time route allows you to continue your professional role throughout your studies and to schedule supervision sessions to fit around your working life.

Entry to the programme is flexible, and candidates can enrol at anytime during the academic year.


The programme is entirely research focused. As a registered candidate, you would be required to research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice.

You will work with your supervisors to design a programme of research and then receive supervision throughout to the completion of your thesis. Individual support is provided through monthly one-to-one supervision meetings with experienced researchers who have expertise in your area of research. The degree programme therefore involves close supervision and support, which is tailored specifically to helping you complete a successful  project.

Research training

A wide range of training in legal and social science research methods is available to registered candidates. This includes the option to attend taught modules in social science research methods and empirical legal skills delivered by academics in the School of Law, as well as shorter research training and personal development courses delivered by the University’s Staff and Departmental Development Unit. The School is also a member both of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and the AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, both of which regularly host research training events.

Once enrolled on the degree, you would join our vibrant, collegial and supportive community of postgraduate researchers based within the School of Law. As a member of this community you would also be invited to become a member of one of the School’s internationally recognised research centres or groups, and to benefit from and participate in the many research events organised and hosted by your research centre.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are straightforward and flexible. Although possessing a prior degree in a related discipline would be helpful it is not essential, as entry can be via accredited prior experiential learning obtained from your vocational experience.

You would be expected to dedicate on average approximately 15 hours per week to your study - although this of course can be tailored to suit workloads.

Find out about fees and funding. 

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