MA by Research in Law

Duration Full time 1-2 years
Part time 2-3 years
Discipline
  • Law
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September or January

Overview

Our MA by Research in Law has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the two year MPhil or three year PhD. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.

The programme is ideal if you wish to research an area of interest within a 12 month period and, as such, is well suited for those in employment. The award of MA by Research is clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is also an appropriate route to a PhD and successful students have the option to transfer to an MPhil or PhD on completion.

Our academics have a very wide range of research interests and supervision can be arranged in most fields of legal study. There is particular expertise in European and international law, commercial and common law, human rights and professional legal studies.

Our research web pages provide details of research topics and centres within the School of Law. You can also view staff profiles for more details of the research interests of individual members of academic staff.

Research areas

We have recognised Centres of excellence in Legal History and Family Law and we were also one of the first university Law Schools to teach EU Law through the Centre for European Legal Studies. We have strong expertise in all aspects of commercial law, including maritime law, insurance, international sales, banking and finance law, international trade and dispute resolution. We have specialists in energy law, environmental law, human rights, legal ethics, and legal theory and comparative law.

The subject-matter of your research is of course chosen by you, although we will give you advice and guidance in formulating an appropriate research proposal. Staff specialisms can be found here. Please feel free to contact staff directly if you have any questions as to the viability of your research ideas.

See our Law page for an overview of our current research areas.

Structure

The MA by Research Law is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

During the programme you will complete a 15 credit compulsory module called Approaches to Research in Law. You may choose to study a further 15 credit module from those available on any of our postgraduate taught programmes. The remainder of your credits will be awarded for a thesis, of a maximum 40,000 words in length.

The core taught module of the programme is delivered in the first term, and any optional taught modules will be delivered in the first or second terms. The remaining time will be given over to your research and thesis which may be undertaken at a distance.

Careers

The award of MA by Research is clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research to produce original material within a prescribed timescale.

This research Masters could form the basis of an academic career, but, equally, enhance your prospects should you wish to follow a career in the legal profession. You will benefit from the School's excellent links with members of the legal profession both regionally, nationally and internationally. We have a superb reputation with graduate recruiters and graduates from the School of Law compete very successfully in the employment market. Every year the Careers and Employment Service holds an annual Law Careers Fair, attended by many legal firms that target the University’s graduates.

Find out more about the opportunities available to you from the Employment and professional development pages of the University's Postgraduate Study website.

Graduate destinations

Examples of the destinations of some recent postgraduate students from the Law School are shown below. You can also read profiles from alumni.

  • Intern, Interights, London
  • Lawyer, Calif, France 
  • Attorney, Ernst & Young, Nantes  
  • Medicine, University of Southampton    
  • Law Lecturer, University Of Exeter  
  • Law Internship, ICC, Hague         
  • Lawyer, Ioannidis, Nicosia
  • Juriste, Bouygues Sa, Paris 
  • Paralegal, Salfiti And Co Solicitors, London 
  • Lawyer, Law Firm, Cyprus 
  • Researcher, University Of Lucerne, Switzerland
  • PhD European Law, University Of Lucerne  
  • PhD Law, University Of Exeter                              
  • Advocat, Linkloters LLP, Paris                            
  • European Space Agency Graduate Trainee, Nordweg, Netherlands
  • Legal Practise, University Of Saarland, Germany          
  • Junior Lawyer, Law Firm, Luxembourg / Legal Course, EFB, Paris
  • Trainee Lawyer, Day Jones, Paris  
  • Lawyer, Shearman & Sterling, Paris / Certificate D'aptitude A La Profession D'avocat, EFB, Paris               
  • Solicitor, Orruck, Paris                
  • Claims Handler, Coface, Paris / Part-time Law Course, University Of Paris  
  • Legal Practise, Ecole De Formation Avocat, Rennes, France
  • Legal Advisor, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Bar Vocational Course, Paris/ Placement at BNP Paribas, Paris
  • Legal Practise, Ecole Du Bureau, Paris  
  • Trainee Lawyer, Gide - Deloit, New York    
  • Trainee Lawyer, Ecole De Formation Au Barreau, Paris
  • Head of Law Department, Voigt And Coll, Gmbu, Germany
  • Law Course, Versailles / Placement Lawyer, Law Firm, Paris
  • Trainee Lawyer, Banque De France, Paris / Bar Exams, Paris
  • Junior Associate, Baker And Mckenzie, France
  • Trainee Lawyer, Landwell, France
  • Trainee Lawyer, Sidal, France / Studying For Bar Exams, Ecole Des Avocats, France
  • Trainee Solicitor, Ministry Of JusticeAvocat (Lawyer), Loyens Loeff, Belgium
  • Legal Officer, Bank, ParisProduction Assistant, Toop Vande Ende, Holland
  • Trainee Lawyer, Cleary Steen Hamilton, Paris / Language Course, Paris
  • Lawyer, Le Coeur, Paris

Entry requirements 2017

You should have a good first degree either in Law or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the School of Law.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Learning

The taught components of the programme are delivered in small seminar groups where the emphasis is on your gaining of skills and understanding, and where you are encouraged to express your own views.

The programme gives you the flexibility to shape your own research in an area of particular interest to you. Our academics have a very wide range of research interests and supervision can be arranged in most fields of legal study. There is particular expertise in European and international law, commercial and common law, human rights and professional legal studies. There is an active programme of research seminars, with weekly talks given by visiting speakers, staff and postgraduates.

As a postgraduate research student you will also be able to take advantage of the University's Effective Researcher Development Programme.

Assessment

The compulsory module, and any optional module you select, will be assessed in a variety of ways including reflective log, essay plan, essay, and formative assessment. Your written thesis, of up to 40,000 words, will also be assessed via a viva voce examination.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £15,950 full-time

Funding

Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.

Funding opportunities

Find out about current funding opportunities for our research programmes.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Contact us

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.

The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.

The Graduate School website provides useful information for prospective PhD students including information on the following:

We are always willing to answer queries and provide help wherever possible, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Email: ssis-researchadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

 

Structure

The MA by Research Law is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

During the programme you will complete a 15 credit compulsory module called Approaches to Research in Law. You may choose to study a further 15 credit module from those available on any of our postgraduate taught programmes. The remainder of your credits will be awarded for a thesis, of a maximum 40,000 words in length.

The core taught module of the programme is delivered in the first term, and any optional taught modules will be delivered in the first or second terms. The remaining time will be given over to your research and thesis which may be undertaken at a distance.

Learning

The taught components of the programme are delivered in small seminar groups where the emphasis is on your gaining of skills and understanding, and where you are encouraged to express your own views.

The programme gives you the flexibility to shape your own research in an area of particular interest to you. Our academics have a very wide range of research interests and supervision can be arranged in most fields of legal study. There is particular expertise in European and international law, commercial and common law, human rights and professional legal studies. There is an active programme of research seminars, with weekly talks given by visiting speakers, staff and postgraduates.

As a postgraduate research student you will also be able to take advantage of the University's Effective Researcher Development Programme.

Assessment

The compulsory module, and any optional module you select, will be assessed in a variety of ways including reflective log, essay plan, essay, and formative assessment. Your written thesis, of up to 40,000 words, will also be assessed via a viva voce examination.