Newcastle University

Newcastle Law School

Research Methods in Law


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is designed to provide you with the training, skills and aptitudes necessary to pursue PhD-level research in the social sciences and humanities, and in particular the discipline of law.
You undertake research training provided through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-approved Social Sciences Training Programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is complemented by subject-specific training in applied research skills, and in a discrete area of legal study, within the Law School. The programme is æportableÆ in that it can be taken by any student intending to go on to PhD study, whether at Newcastle or elsewhere, and provides the initial research training element of any 1+3 programme (Master's degree + PhD). Please note that this programme is not ESRC funded. Applicants can, however, apply for funding from the AHRC through its Research Preparation MasterÆs Scheme.You take modules to a value of 180 credits. Compulsory modules (90 credits) include: applied research methods in law; introduction to qualitative methods; introduction to quantitative methods; thinking about research; dissertation preparation. You can also choose one of the following modules depending upon your area of intended research (30 credits): law of international commerce; European environmental law; international environmental law; international financial regulation; law of WTO and GATT; foundations of environmental law and policy; environmental law and environmental rights; corporate governance and corporate finance; international intellectual property law; foundations of public and international law; planning law and environmental impact assessment. At the end of the summer semester you submit a dissertation (60 credits).Assessment of modules is by course work essays and written examinations, and most classes are taught in seminar groups.


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