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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Law is no longer accepting new applications.


One to one supervision

While individual arrangements may vary considerably, PhD students may normally expect to receive one-to-one supervision once a month during the early stages of their research. Meetings may be less frequent thereafter.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

First-year PhD students are required to attend the compulsory weekly classes (during term-time only) provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme.   


Students are encouraged to attend lectures, especially at LLM level, within the general field of their research.


 First-year students are required to give a presentation as part of the requirements of the compulsory Research Training and Development Programme.  Students also have the opportunity to present their work at graduate research seminars.


Supervisors are required to submit formal reports on student progress each term.   Students can access the reports online through their self-service account on CamSIS.



The PhD in Law may be awarded after three to four years (including a probationary year) of supervised independent research on the basis of a dissertation which must not exceed 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography, table of contents and any other preliminary matter. The Faculty's Degree Committee will appoint two examiners to examine the student's dissertation, normally one internal examiner and one external examiner. Neither examiner may be the student's supervisor. An oral examination is compulsory.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Law


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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