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The University of Chester Law School provides a rich and supportive environment for postgraduate research and welcomes students wishing to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD awards.

Established in 2004, the Law School is at the cutting edge of legal education with an optimistic, forward-looking atmosphere – ideal for those wishing to undertake innovative research. The Law School has benefited from large-scale, continuing investment and boasts excellent, modern facilities, fully available to all students based in the School. The Law School also has strong external links to the local legal community in Chester.

Research Areas

The Law School has 11 members of staff with a range of expertise, drawn from academic, research and practice backgrounds. Postgraduate students pursuing research degrees at the Law School benefit from both the research and supervisory experience offered by staff members.

Research activity in the School principally surrounds socio-legal research in the fields of:

  • Equality and diversity 
  • Human rights
  • EU law
  • Legal history
  • The development of legal education

Previous postgraduate work includes a study of the implementation of restorative justice within criminal justice systems, assessment experiences of undergraduate law students with specific learning difficulties, the impact of the introduction of positive action in relation to BME football coaches in the UK.

Current postgraduate work includes assessment experiences of gendered experiences of lawyers in relation to the Shared Parental Leave legislation; third party liability for harassment; exploration of safeguarding under the FGM legislation.In addition, the Law School currently hosts a legal research forum: the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity (‘FRED’).

Entry Months

These Research Degrees usually commence annually in October, February and May.


The Law School would be particularly keen to hear from students who would like to research in those general areas covered above. Initial enquiries should be made in the first instance through Professor Chantal Davies, 01244 512303, to discuss the application process and the availability of appropriate supervision.