Faculty of Business and Law - Law Studentship


Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England in Bristol invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in Law.

Proposed doctoral projects may be specific to a particular area of law or may be cross-disciplinary.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 June 2022.

The start date of this studentship is Saturday 1 October 2022.

About the studentship

The studentships reflect ongoing commitment of the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol to the development of its doctoral programmes.

The Faculty’s distinctiveness in research and scholarship comes from its applied nature, and a focus on real-world, current issues for organisations and society. We have direct intention of helping to resolve pressing challenges, including improving organisational practices and behaviours and understanding systems and structures, whilst taking an inclusive approach.

Prospective student will be based in the Department of Law, which is home to several multidisciplinary research groups.

Doctoral students at the Faculty benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from UWE Bristol Graduate School, including extensive professional development programme and careers advice. Find out more about the Graduate School.

For an informal discussion about the studentships, please contact Dr Paweł Capik at pawel.capik@uwe.ac.uk.


The studentship is available from 1 October 2022 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes a tax-exempt stipend, which is currently £16,602 per annum. 

In addition, full-time home/international tuition fees will be covered for up to three years. 

As part of the studentship, the prospective students will be expected to perform some teaching duties in their subject area, and deliver two hours of teaching-related tasks a week in the first and third year of studies, and four hours in the second year. This forms part of the terms and conditions of the studentship and there is no additional payment for it.


Applicants must have at least 2:1 degree in law or cognate area, and ideally Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%, UK grading scale or international equivalent). 

A recognised English language qualification is required. IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or equivalent. 

How to apply

  • Identify a research priority area and potential supervisor(s) on the FBL research overview page and the FBL staff page.
  • Prepare your research proposal. This should ideally happen in consultation with your potential supervisor. In the first instance you should contact a potential supervisor with initial ideas to confirm they are willing to support your application.
  • Please submit your application online.
  • When prompted use the reference number 2022-OCT-FBL-LAW-04
  • Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application so please have these available when you complete the application form.
  • References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.  

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 June 2022; 18:00 (UK time).

Further Information

Interviews are likely to take place in July. If you have not heard from us by 31 July 2022, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

For an informal discussion about the studentships, please contact Dr Paweł Capik at pawel.capik@uwe.ac.uk.

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