Research Degrees

PhD, MPhil, MA (Research) in Law

York Law School was ranked joint first for the excellence of its research outputs in Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 46 per cent of our publications were classed as ‘world leading’ (4*) and 34 per cent ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). We encourage PhD, MPhil and MA (Research) applicants from all over the world to join us in one of the best Schools in the UK for legal and socio-legal research.

MA in Law by Research

MPhil and PhD Programmes



Tuition fees and expenses: research degrees


Acton Society Trust

Each of the two scholarships will offer:

●     Tuition fees (at home rate)

●     A maintenance stipend of around £15,000 per year

●     A £2,000 per annum allowance for research, training and conference attendance costs

●     A £5,000 transitional allowance following completion of the degree

One of the scholarships will be located at the Morrell Centre for Toleration within the Law School and one of the scholarships is open to students in any discipline. It is anticipated that both scholarship-holders will be studying in an area of relevant to the interests and work of the Acton Society Trust and Ted Goodman, and that both will play an active role in the Morrell Centre for Toleration.

The final closing deadline for ALL funding applications is 11.59am GMT on Friday, 31th January 2020

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP) Studentships 2020/21

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WR DTP), accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2016, is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan.

The WR DTP is offering a range of social sciences PhD Studentships starting in September or October 2020.

Applications are now open. The deadline is 5pm, 29 January 2020.

WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2020 is now open!


The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  


The studentship application form and details of how to apply for each type of studentship are only available from the WRoCAH website. Please read the details very carefully as the application process may vary for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards with an earlier deadline for expressions of interest. 


To be eligible for funding, applicants for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.


The final closing deadline for ALL funding applications is 5pm GMT on Wednesday, 29th January 2020


China Scholarships Council Joint Research Scholarships 2020-21

The university is pleased to offer up to 10 joint-funded PhD studentships in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC)

For more information please see:

The final closing deadline for ALL applications is 12.59pm (GMT) on Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Leverhulme ECR Fellowship Scheme

For early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

For more information please see:  

This scheme is expected to open on 1 January 2020 and close at 4.00pm on Thursday 27 February 2020.