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A PhD is more than just studying. It is a path to in-depth knowledge and unique expertise in your chosen field. In addition, studying for a PhD will help:
* Enhance skills and develop new ones (independent study, research skills)
* Demonstrate to future employers an ability to cope with heavy workload and to self-motivate
* Develop expertise that only few have in the world
* Gain an internationally recognised qualification
Postgraduate study at PhD level may also be a requirement of your chosen profession or enable you to enhance career prospects. In addition to a PhD, we also offer an MPhil.
Embarking on postgraduate study is a major step in anyone´s life. You will be committing time, energy and money in the expectation of a good qualification that will broaden and enrich your personal horizons and your long-term future. Therefore, your choice of university and research programme are very important. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider Brunel:
* Internationally-recognised research,
* Top quality courses and teaching. Brunel has seen the growing influence of independent league tables matched by improving positions in virtually every major publication.
* A thriving, postgraduate population supported by a dedicated Graduate School. A friendly and safe campus environment within striking distance of London and the Thames Valley.
* A diverse community that attracts students from 110 countries world-wide.
* A superb welfare support system and on-campus accommodation.
* One of the most optimistic, ambitious and forward-looking universities in the country, having recently completed a £250 million campus redevelopment programme.
* Some of the best leisure and sporting facilities in the region.
* A clear and committed definition of the roles of your two allocated supervisors and what is expected of you as a PhD student.
Supervision Subject Areas
Professor Ademola Abass - Research interests: international organisations law; collective security law; settlement of international disputes; international criminal law; aspects of the European Union ESDP/CSFP and Africa; the law of armed conflict; use of force and peacekeeping.
Dr Mohamed Elewa Badar - Research interests: international criminal law, comparative criminal law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Dr Olufemi Amao - Research interests: International Commercial Law, Company Law, Corporate Law Theory, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Multinational Corporations, Human Rights and International Law
Professor Ilias Bantekas - Research interests: public international law; international criminal/humanitarian Law; international commercial and investment arbitration; international foreign investment law; law and practice of the World Bank group.
Dr Maurizio Borghi - Research interests: intellectual property law (copyright), legal history and philosophy.
Dr Luca Cerioni - Research interests: European, international and comparative taxation, on its own and in its interaction with human rights issues and with competition law and policy; European and comparative company law; corporate governance (international and comparative).
Professor Ben Chigara - Ben Chigara is Research Professor of International Laws. His research interests include legal theory; development and enforcement of international human rights law, especially labour and economic rights; and international institutions.
Gerard Conway - Research interests: European and constitutional law (European Union and comparative), especially the role and legal reasoning of the European Court of Justice; European criminal law; legal theory; public international law.
Dr Mihail Danov - Research interests: Commercial conflict of laws, international commercial arbitration, competition law (private antitrust enforcement) and international commercial law.
Stefan Fafinski - Research interests: Criminal law, particularly the interface between law and technology; governance and regulation of complex technological systems. Identity fraud.
Federico Ferretti - Research interests: EC Law, privacy and data protection, civil liberties, consumer law, banking and financial law, international business law.
Dr Christian Heitsch - Research interests: implementing EC water law; nuclear power plant licensing in German and US law; the implementation of federal laws by state agencies within the German system of federalism; regulation on access to EC documents; Environmental Law at the international, European and national level, (comparative) constitutional and administrative law.
Professor Kaiyan Kaikobad - Research interests: International law in general, and international law of title to territory and international boundaries; the international law of the sea; United Nations law; international peace and security; law of armed conflict and international institutional law in particular.
Professor Peter Jaffey - Research interests include: restitution, trusts, contract, private law theory, company, intellectual property.
Professor Roda Mushkat - Research interests: international environmental law, international legal personality, international legal compliance, international humanitarian law, international refugee law, legal theory, comparative constitutional law, law and society, economic analysis of the law.
Dr Jurgita Malinauskaite - Research interests: European and international competition, comparative commercial law and EU law.
Akalemwa Ngenda - Research interests: international intellectual property law; global intellectual property regulation; globalisation theory; cybercrime and electronic fraud; critical legal theory; theory of systems of thought and knowledge; financial sector regulation; legal aspects of corporate finance, venture capital and private equity.
Dr Peter Petkoff - Research interests: law and religion, EC law, intellectual property and comparative and international Law.
Professor Patrick Polden - Research interests: modern legal history and law of debt.
Professor Javaid Rehman - Research interests: Islamic law, international law, international terrorism and human rights law.
Dr Christine Riefa - Research interests: internet and media law, consumer law, intellectual property law.
Dr Manisuli Ssenyonjo - Research interests: public international law (with primary research interests being in international human rights law, international criminal law, international economic law), and comparative constitutional law.
Dr Holger Sutschet - Research interests: contract law; tort law; trade law; European and German Labour Law; Data Protection Law.
Emmanuel Voyiakis - Research interests: public international law, contract and tort, jurisprudence, moral and political philosophy.
Dr Alexandra Xanthaki - Research interests: minority and indigenous rights; international human rights; public international law; Human Rights and the European Union.
The University's academic year commences in September and is based on three periods of study a year. However, the work of research students is less tied to the termly structure than that of taught course students. They may therefore currently commence their work at any point in the year (though check that this is the case in your chosen subject), and are expected to study for around 44 weeks in each year. Research students tend to work closely with academic staff who are combining their research activity with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching responsibilities. Also much experimental or laboratory work, or archive research, has to take place outside normal working hours - sometimes in the evenings or at weekends.
Each candidate is registered for the degree of Master or Doctor by research works under the general supervision of two supervisors, at least one of whom will be a full-time member of staff and will act as the principal supervisor.
At registration, students are given the Research Students' Handbook , which includes guidance on regulations affecting their study.
Students normally agree with their supervisors, at the beginning of their course, a schedule of meetings, a timetable of work (including taught courses, seminars and conferences to be attended) and possible submission dates. To complete their degree programme successfully, they will be expected to:
* follow a programme of induction and training on research methods*;
* achieve a satisfactory level of performance in any required taught courses*;
* attend lectures, courses and colloquia as directed by their supervisors;
* carry out an approved programme of research to a satisfactory standard.
There my be opportunities for research students to undertake teaching or demonstration work for taught course students and the University also provides training for those who wish to be employed in this way.
Assessment of Progress
Research students have to produce, at least annually, a short formal report of their progress for discussion with their supervisors and other members of academic staff. A record of each of these discussions is submitted to the University Registry and a copy is given to the student. Other opportunities to discuss study issues during the year are provided by schools, either on an individual basis or through staff/student liaison meetings or postgraduate representatives on relevant University committees. After successful completion of a research project, the student presents a thesis and, if this is judged satisfactory, a research degree (MPhil or Doctorate) may be awarded.
* For the NewRoutePhD, the length, variety and number of taught modules will be significantly greater than for the standard three-year PhD.
In the thesis, a student must meet the criteria set out in the QAA's National Qualification Framework, including demonstrating a sound knowledge and critical appreciation of his or her discipline. The thesis for the award of PhD, DBA, EdD, DrPH and EngD (though not MPhil) must also make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in that discipline. The material has to be organised and presented in a clear and appropriate style in the English language and be suitable for publication. The submission may take the form of a wholly written dissertation or one that comprises original, creative work supported by adequate documentation. It will vary in length according to the discipline being researched and whether it is to be submitted for a PhD or MPhil. All submissions involving creative work should include a means of storage, access or retrieval of work.
The major part of the thesis, including the written material, must have been completed during the student's period of registration with the University, under supervision arrangements approved by the University.
A thesis may include work published by the student, but this must be acknowledged in the text and bound in at the end. Students may include work that has been submitted for another award or published prior to registration for a research degree, provided that this is clearly indicated and is appropriately and critically reviewed in the main text. All work that is not the candidate's own must be acknowledged.
The thesis is normally presented at a viva voce examination and most schools will encourage students to practise presentation skills in order to help prepare them for this oral examination.
A candidate may present a less substantial piece or work for the award of an MPhil.
Applicants with a UK first or second class honours degree or a Master's degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) may be registered for a PhD. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected. An applicant with certain alternative qualifications may be registered for the degree of PhD "subject to confirmation". Candidates not meeting the normal entrance requirements above may be considered for registration for the degree of MPhil. It is quite common for students to be registered initially for an MPhil and to then have their status as a PhD student confirmed after successful completion of the first year.
The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.
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Brunel Law School awarded Edward Guntrip, Indranath Gupta and Ife Ogbonna Research Studentships for 2008. This means that their PhD studies are totally funded by Brunel Law School. Research Studentships carry a bursary per annum paid in twelve instalments as well as free registration to the course covered, up to the level of Home/EU fees. A condition of the Studentship is that the recipient will carry out some teaching duties and administrative duties within the School. We have just extended our deadline for a PhD Studentship to 21 May 2010.
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