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I decided to do my PhD research at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge to be supervised by world-renowned experts in my field.  My supervisors dedicated a lot of time on my project and they were always available to meet.  Their feedback allowed me to learn and grow as a researcher. I also benefitted from the academic skills training offered by the Faculty.  It gave my a comprehensive overview of legal research methods and it allowed me to improve my academic writing skills.  Overall, the PhD programme prepared me very well for a career in academia.  I can recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging and rewarding experience.

Clara Rauchegger (May 2018)

My PhD at the Cambridge Faculty of Law was a rewarding experience.   The community and staff were welcoming and enthusiastic; the academic standard was high; the resources available were very good.   I had the freedom to control the direction of my own work, but at the same time I was stimulated and challenged by the supervision process, by the diverse activities of the Faculty and its research centres, and by engagement with academics and fellow students.   The PhD has improved my skills as a lawyer, researcher, thinker, and writer; it is a superb preparation for a scholarly career.

Rowan Nicholson (May 2018)

I would describe the PhD programme as an experience.  Cambridge is a buzzing community that brings together the very best minds all driven by a genuine love for their work, a spirit of collaboration and the pursuit of excellence.  My supervisors were demanding and challenged me to view the world from perspectives I had previously not considered.  With my mind opened, and an ethic of academic rigour instilled in me,  my research gradually opened doors I could not have imagined.   I undertook research assistance on exciting projects, had a book review cited in a Court of Appeal case, amended a draft bill in Parliament, became an Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge International Law Journal and much more.   As such, I was equipped with strong skillsets that I was also able to use in practice.   Cambridge offers boundless opportunities if you are willing to make the effort. Take on that mantle, and you will leave as an immensely rounded and assured individual.

Barry Solaiman (May 2018)

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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