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MA Law (by research)

  Length Start dates (semester dates)
MA by research

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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York Law School has a wide range of research expertise, spanning a diverse array of topics. We apply a variety of research methods, from doctrinal to philosophical, empirical, historical and critical. 

Your research

The MA Law (by research) programme lets you undertake in-depth and individually supervised research on a topic of your choosing. It allows you to develop your own format of study that will best enable you to fulfil your individual aims. The programme is available in all fields of expertise at York Law School, and with supervised research on your chosen topic, subject to supervisory availability.


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Your supervisors will provide expert advice, guidance and support.

Training and support

You will meet with your supervisors at least once every six weeks. This two-way relationship is something you both should benefit from, and will have a major influence on the progress of your research.

Your supervisors will help to develop your intellectual interests by offering new perspectives on your chosen topic, suggesting appropriate academic contacts and events, and offering advice on publication.

Careers and skills

Our dedicated careers team offer specific support, including a programme of professional researcher development and careers workshops, and 1:1 career support sessions. They will help you to build up your employability portfolio and to engage in activities that will build up your skills and experience within and outside of your research work.

Career opportunities

  • University lecturer
  • Legal policy
  • Lobbying
  • NGO-related work
  • Specialist practitioner

Course location

This course is run by York Law School.

York Law School is located on Campus East. Most of your training and supervision meetings will take place within the Law and Sociology Building, though your research may take you further afield.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in law, management, or one of the social sciences, with honours (2:1 or higher, or equivalent).

Applicants with equivalent legal professional, management or commercial experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

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