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Research degrees

Research degrees

The Dickson Poon School of Law is home to over 90 doctoral researchers. Their projects cover a broad range of topics from intellectual property to information technology, from competition law to counter-rules, from global justice to gender equality. We offer two research degrees – the Masters of Philosophy in Law (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD).

Our programmes are overseen by the Vice Dean for Research, Prof Tanya Aplin and the Director for Doctoral Studies, Dr Eva Pils.

At King’s, we believe in a full-time commitment to research and our research degrees are offered on a full-time basis only. Candidates should identify and approach their potential first supervisor before applying. Applications from candidates without a named, agreed supervisor from the School, will not be considered. An A-Z of our academics profiles can be found here or for profiles by research area, click here.

October 2019 entry – application portal will open in October 2018 

  • Confirmation of interview time: 11th January 2019
  • Formal interviews: 25th February 2019 - 6th March 2019*
  • Decisions and offers made: 1st April 2019*

*As alternative interview dates may be offered to accommodate supervisor availability, these dates may be subject to change. 

For further information on applying, see our Online Prospectus.



Althaf Marsoof - awarded 2017  Elizabeth Rhoads - current student
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London is strategically located in the heart of the legal and commercial hub of the City, and offers fantastic library resources, eminent faculty and supportive staff. It was an obvious choice for me when looking for an institution to undertake my PhD.   I was pleasantly surprised with the facilities offered by The Dickson Poon School of Law at Somerset House. It’s a beautiful building and students have a lot of support from staff and each other. The graduate students plan a lot of group events and spend a lot of time together, which I think makes King's College London stand out from other PhD programmes


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