MRes in Law
Duration: One calendar year
Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honors degree (or equivalent) in law or the social sciences, and preferably a demonstrable interest in research and research methods. Work and other experience may be taken into account. Students whose first degree is not the law will be required to take the Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning, and Legal Methods module.
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full-Time
The MRes in Law aims to provide students with advanced skills in legal research, the ability to undertake high level analysis of law and legal issues with a focus on areas of research specific to the School of Law at SOAS, a grasp of the research methods that underpin the discipline and its place in the humanities and the social sciences, a grounding in legal research methods, and the ethics of legal research. The MRes in Law is especially suited to candidates who wish to undertake a Ph.D. or professional research in law. It prepares students to undertake high-quality research.
The SOAS MRes in Law is a unique qualification that brings together in-depth training in research and research methods focused on the research done in the School of Law. This is combined with other courses that are specific to SOAS and often not available anywhere else.
The degree has been developed to meet the needs of both researchers and practitioners. The programme is thus ideally suited to prepare for a Ph.D. in Law at SOAS, or alternatively as a stand-alone qualification, for instance, for jobs requiring in-depth policy research.
Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (90 credits) and 90 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.
Students who wish to graduate with an MRes in Law are required to follow the structure set out below.
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
MRes students are required to take:
- Research Methods in Law 15PLAC181 30 Full Year
- Research Design and Epistemology 15PFMC085 15 Term 1
An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or available PG Language Options.
Dissertation (20,000 words), on a topic related to the degree programme.
- MRes in Law Dissertation 15PLAD179 90 Full Year
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