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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

Funding Opportunities

Planning for White Rose Post Doc Fellowships

The ESRC White Rose Post Doc Fellowships call will open at the end of October. This fellowship is for those who have completed their PhD but have less than 12 month's postdoctoral experience, to support longer-term research career aspirations for developing publications, networks, research and professional skills.

If you would like further information please contact Professor Simon Halliday - or Sophie Gibson -


White Rose competition for PhD studentships

Looking for PhD funding in Arts & Humanities?

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The WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2022 is now open! 

WRoCAH has around 45 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition.The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The College is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  

Students can make one application for funding through the open competition at either Leeds, Sheffield or York. Projects are welcome from all departments, not just Arts & Humanities, so long as the research falls within the remit of the AHRC.

The studentship application form and the Guidance Notes for Applicants are available from the WRoCAH website.

To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants 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, 26th January 2022