Doctoral Research Seminar series

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Gerry Simpson


This course is compulsory on the MPhil/PhD in Law and MPhil/PhD in Law (Socio-Legal Theory). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course aims to equip students with the skills required to undertake advanced legal research. The focus in the MT is on methodological and theoretical issues arising in legal scholarship (with readings of Foucault, Said, Butler and others). The focus in the LT is on the various stages of the PhD process, and on preparation for professional life in academic law beyond the PhD. In the ST an Upgrade Conference is held at which first year research students present their work-in-progress.


22 hours of seminars in the MT. 22 hours of seminars in the LT.

There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of MT and LT.


There are no examination arrangements. However, attendance is compulsory for first year research students. Research students in other years may also attend.

Course selection videos

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2020/21: 7

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills