Law (PhD) 2017-18

This course also available for 2016-17 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full time PhD is a three year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team that will advise and support you on your project.


Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.

Duration:

The maximum duration for a part time PhD is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring.You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

•  Master's degree or Honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or

•  appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
Email: researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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What can I research?

Research topics available for this degree:

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria.

Research titleSupervisorsApply
A critical evaluation of the extent to which a fraud undermines third party RTA claims
Outline
This topic requires critical analyse as to the differing types of fraud that can be perpetrated in RTA connected claims with specific focus on creditor hire.
Eligibility
The normal level of attainment required for entry is: • a Master's degree or Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
A critical evaluation of the Government’s approach to third party claims justifying a compensation culture.
Outline
The latest government proposals provide significant alterations in the battle of third parties attempting to gain compensation from road traffic accidents. Significant evaluation of the forfeiture of remedies is required in comparison to other nations to test critically the underpinning of this government policy.
Eligibility
The normal level of attainment required for entry is: • a Master's degree or Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Promotion and protection of Foreign Direct Investment: A case study of [country]
Outline
The conception, design and implementation of an appropriate and effective legal framework embedding policies aimed at promoting and protecting FDI remains a challenge for many developing and emerging economies. The presumed benefits of FDI to host economies remain a questionable and controversial hypothesis. Research proposals are sought which explore the relationship between the legal framework for investment promotion and protection, and striking a balance between promoting investor interests and host state economic aspirations, the two of which are often at variance. Focusing on a particular country, the research will aim to generate suitable recommendations for improving the legal framework.
Eligibility
The normal level of attainment required for entry is: • a Master's degree or Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Recognition by English courts of foreign norms in conflict of laws litigation.
Outline
The jurisprudence of English courts contains a rich diversity of cases in which norms foreign to English law have been recognised and accepted on the basis that they represented the personal law of litigants. Such receptiveness has not been without its controversies, especially in cases where the foreign norm seems at variance with public policy. Research proposals are sought which examine the judicial recognition of matters ranging from polygamy to underage marriage in particular conflict of laws cases, and to evaluate the role of foreign cultural, social or religious customs and norms in the development of English conflict of laws.
Eligibility
The normal level of attainment required for entry is: • a Master's degree or Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
The vitiating effect of corrupt practices on transnational FDI agreements
Outline
State contracts founded on transnational FDI agreements, most notably for natural resources development in developing and emerging economies are often beset with instability as a result of the regulatory impulses on the host State. The prevailing/ generally accepted view, founded on the doctrines of sanctity of contract and pacta sunt servanda, promotes the contractual or property rights of the foreign investor over the regulatory competences or developmental priorities of the host state. Proposals are sought which explore corrupt procurement practices as a potentially vitiating factor and what effect it would have on the validity FDI agreements.
Eligibility
The normal level of attainment required for entry is: • a Master's degree or Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across a number of business and management subjects, including accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, management and organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics.

In this subject area there is a vast array of topics that can be researched, including:

•  Law

•  Jurisprudence

•  International Law and Human Rights

•  Family Law

•  Legal Philosophy

•  Education and Research of Law

•  International Trade and Dispute Resolution

You are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.

To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Scholarships

The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.

International

All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, management and organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics topics.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research skills training

The Business School offers formal research training to its PGR students in the form of PG Certificate in Research Methods. Masters by research students can attend research methods topics delivered on the course in order to improve their research knowledge and skills, but will not be expected to partake in the formal assessments that lead to the award of a PG Certificate in Research Methods.

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It's important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.


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