Doctoral Research Seminar series

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Thomas Poole


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 AT is on methodological and theoretical issues arising in legal scholarship (with readings of Foucault, Geertz, Butler and others). The focus in the WT 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.


There will be 22 hours in Autumn Term and 22 hours in Winter Term. There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of Autumn and Winter terms.


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

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2022/23: 8

Average class size 2022/23: 7

Value: Non-credit bearing

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