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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

Looking for PhD funding in Arts & Humanities?

The WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2021 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. The College is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. 

WRoCAH has around 50 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition.

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, 27th January 2021

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), 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.

Closing date is 5.00pm GMT on Wednesday 27 January 2021

York Graduate Research School scholarships for overseas research students

£15,000 per year (approx), plus fee waiver. 

Full funding for international students applying to study a PhD degree for 2021/22 entry.

Closing date for 2021/22 is 11.59pm GMT on Friday 29 January 2021