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Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

The School of Law at Birkbeck offers the following postgraduate funding opportunities:

Learn more about postgraduate funding options including the Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards for Master's students

Eligible courses

Eligibility criteria

  • School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards may be awarded by the College on the recommendation of the School’s Research Committee to candidates with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School’s Master's programmes.
  • Awards may be made for full-time or part-time study and to Home, EU students or International students. Where an award is made to an international student the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study.
  • Candidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent and not normally have previously completed a Postgraduate Taught Programme.
  • The competition is open to new students only.

What do these studentships offer?

  • The awards will cover the cost of fees only at the home/EU rate. Where an award is made to an international student, the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study.
  • There is no maintenance award.

How to apply

Deadline for applications

  • The deadline for applications is Thursday 30th June. 
  • Terms and conditions
  • Awards are made for a maximum of one year for full-time students and two years for part-time students.
  • The College may discontinue the award if the student’s progress is not confirmed or their attendance is not satisfactory.

The Patrick McAuslan Scholarship

This scholarship applies to the intensive LLM in International Economic Law (Justice and Development pathway) only.

Patrick McAuslan Scholarship flyer

Eligible Course

Eligibility Criteria

  • You have successfully applied for the LLM International Economic Law (intensive – Justice and Development pathway; there is a separate application process for the LLM at the link above). You need to have received at least a conditional offer for this LLM programme, and
  • You are from one of the following East African countries: Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • The competition is open to new students only.

What does the scholarship offer?

  • The scholarship covers tuition fees of £14,775 for one full-time international student of the LLM in International Economic Law (Intensive - Justice and Development pathway). Additionally it includes a monthly contribution towards living costs in London for the duration of the course from March to July (Approx. £ 5000). The total value of the award is worth GBP 20,000.

How to apply

Ronnie Warrington Graduate Teaching Assistantships for MPhil/PhD Students

The assistantships are named to commemorate the contribution of Dr Ronnie Warrington to legal scholarship and education, and to the establishment of School of Law.

Eligible research areas

  • We are encouraging proposals that aim to build on the School's significant reputation for scholarly work in the following areas: the relationship between law and the arts, in particular literature, violence and aesthetics, and creativity; the intersection between law, migration and changing/evolving conceptions of the family; and criminology.
  • The Graduate Teaching Assistantships are aimed at supporting innovative research in critical legal studies. Candidates need to identify the contribution their research will make to their field of study.
  • Read about staff research areas.

Eligibility criteria

  • The Ronnie Warrington Assistantships may be awarded by the College on the recommendation of the School’s Research Committee to a candidate with an outstanding academic record who shows high research potential. The award will be made for MPhil/PhD research study only.
  • The posts are for full-time study only and are open to Home, EU students or international students.
  • Candidates will normally possess at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent, in law/criminology and have an interest in degree-level teaching, perhaps with a view to an academic career.
  • Candidate should be willing and able to contribute to seminar teaching on one or more modules on the undergraduate or Qualifying Law Degree, Criminology degree or the Certificate in Higher Education.
  • Applications from those with a degree other than in law are also welcome but will need to satisfy the selection panel that they are able to undertake teaching in one of our programmes.

What does it offer?

  • The Ronnie Warrington awards will cover the cost of fees for two full-time students: one at the home/EU rate; and one at the overseas rate for the MPhil/PhD programme at Birkbeck.
  • Fixed term teaching assistantship for 3 years, part-time position (0.5 FTE) with a salary of £15,590 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.
  • Candidates will be required to undertake the College’s Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning. Tuition fees for this will be covered.

How to apply - expression of interest

  • A PhD is the highest degree awarded by a university.  We strive to maintain very high academic standards and only admit students who are likely to make a scholarly contribution to their field.
  • In order to ensure research excellence, we can only admit students where we have a capacity to provide adequate supervision, and when we are confident of the students’ capacities and potential.
  • We only offer supervision in areas where members of the School are actively working. Our academic staff are engaged in critical and interdisciplinary legal research in multiple fields. Candidates should be conscious of fitting this profile when approaching the Birkbeck Law School to study for a PhD.
  • We encourage candidates who are developing a research proposal to contact a prospective supervisor from among our academic staff.  A candidate who is supported by a member of our academic staff is more likely to be successful in their application. Once you have identified a supervisor (and attempted to contact them) we ask that you send us a curriculum vitae and complete an Expression of Interest Form.
  • The Director of Postgraduate Research reviews your Expression of Interest Form to ascertain whether it meets our threshold for promise of quality research, originality, and potential to make a contribution to research in the field. They will also liaise with prospective supervisors to determine whether the School has capacity to offer supervision. You should only lodge a formal application when the School has confirmed that we are able to offer supervision.
  • You may then submit an application to the College for the MPhil/PhD programme.
  • Applicants must ensure they have applied for the MPhil/PhD programme before submitting their application for the Graduate Teaching Assistantship, otherwise their application for the GTA will not be considered.

Deadline for application

  • Applications for the Ronnie Warrington GTA scholarships have now closed.
  • The full job advertisement is listed here.
  • Award-holders are expected to complete their research degree normally within four years in the case of a full-time student, and within seven years in the case of a part-time student.
  • The School, the supervisor and the student should be fully aware of their responsibilities under Birkbeck’s Code of Practice for postgraduate training and supervision.

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