Making an application
Postgraduate research can take place in any subject area which qualified Kent Law School staff are able to supervise. We particularly welcome research proposals in socio-legal and critical legal studies from applicants that demonstrate a capacity to reflect on the methodology of their research from a theoretically informed perspective.
Step 1: Entry requirements
Applications to research degrees are competitive, and we seek to recruit excellent postgraduate research (PGR) students, to maintain the quality of our research programmes. Candidates must hold a first class or upper second class bachelors degree in Law or a related subject (or equivalent) in order to be eligible for entry.
Kent Law School requires applicants to our postgraduate programmes to have achieved an IELTS of 7 with 6.5 in each component or equivalent English language certification.
To apply, you will be asked to submit the following information:
- An official transcript and a certificate (if available) of all of your degree level qualifications
- Two academic references. These must originate from a verifiable institutional email address (for example .ac.uk, .edu etc). References from private email addresses (Gmail, Hotmail etc) cannot be accepted. Alternatively, the reference can be provided as a letter, signed on headed paper from the academic's institution
- A research proposal - 1500 to 2000 words (excluding bibliography, footnotes, quotations) - see below
- A statement indicating your reasons for study.
Step 2: Choosing your Programme
Step 3: Your research proposal
The most critical part of your application is the research proposal and it is the primary component on which your application is assessed.
Each research project is unique, requiring specialised and individual supervision of the student concerned. Because of the importance of expert supervision of research students, the Law School accepts applications only where it is clear that appropriate supervision can be provided.
Before deciding on a research topic, or finalising the proposal, we recommend that applicants make informal contact with a member of the Law School academic staff with relevant research interests.