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Research is at the heart of the Law School's mission and underpins all of the School's academic activities, including undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Our legal, socio-legal and criminological research enjoys national and international renown. Through academic publishing, informing policy processes, advisory work, knowledge exchange, activities for government departments, public agencies and regional, national and international bodies, our research has local, regional, national and global impact.

Research Activities

Research in the School of Law concerns law and criminology in its widest sense, including the role of law in society as well as the moral, political and other aspects of the law. Our activities include:

Details of our academic activities can be found in the Quarterly Research Newsletter on the Newsblog

Research Clusters

The School's research is organised around clusters and groups which stimulate research by providing a forum within which ideas can be disseminated and discussed and new projects developed. The clusters play a central role in the School's research culture and strategy. Each cluster organises its own programme of seminars and events.

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange is the exchanging of knowledge and skills from the University to business and the wider community, both locally, nationally and vice versa.

The School of Law is engaged in wide-ranging knowledge exchange activities, complementing the research and teaching as a third core activity of the University. The knowledge exchange activities that we undertake contribute immensley to the work of many institutions, organisations and individuals. They are mutually beneficial expanding the research base in Law and Criminology and attracting funding for further research and development

Find out more about our knowledge exchange

Research Degrees

Our PhD programme is run through the prestigious ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (combining the expertise of the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York). Our research supervisors are known internationally for their research and we pride ourselves on the support that we provide to our postgraduate research students.

Our PhD Programme
Read what our students say
Current PhD Student Profiles

Visiting Scholars

We are happy to host visiting scholars within our research community. It is recommended that you make contact with an academic member of staff at the School of Law to discuss a potential visit before you make an application.

Find out more about our visiting scholar programme