Postgraduate research

Law Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD

Qualification: PhD

Department: Leicester Law School

Application deadline: 14 July 2022

Start date: 26 September 2022


Leicester Law School is offering a fully-funded Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships for UK applicants starting in September 2022.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is available for full-time registration and payable as a full UK tuition fee waiver for four years subject to annual progress review. The successful applicant will also receive a combined annual stipend and salary package of £16,062 for 2022-23.

About Graduate Teaching Assistantships

This is a Graduate Training Assistantship (GTA), which means that you will be required to do some teaching as part of your training and will facilitate student participation in their learning through tutorials and seminars geared towards effective development of knowledge and the application of principles set out in lectures and module materials. GTAs allow research students to fund their PhD through part-time teaching work with the University.

A Graduate Teaching Assistant is responsible to the Head of School and is expected to undertake teaching or other duties within the School - not normally exceeding 8-10 contact hours per week - while undertaking research leading to a PhD. Training is provided to help Graduate Teaching Assistants develop their teaching related skills and enhance their professional competencies.

Research proposal

Applicants may apply with their own PhD proposal or pursue one of the specific projects identified below.

For further details of these projects/ supervisory team, see here.

We also welcome applications in any area of legal research within the research interests of our staff.  It is advisable to identify one or more potential supervisors before making an application, although you are not expected to have contacted them in advance of your application.  Information concerning staff research interests may be found at: Law | Research degrees | University of Leicester

  • Please refer to the application advice in the sections below before submitting your application.



This 4-year Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship provides:

  • UK tuition fee waiver
  • Annual combined stipend and salary package of £16,062 for 2022-23 entry.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree in Law, or with a specialisation in Law, with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution, and should normally have completed, or be about to complete a Masters course in law or a related discipline, with an average mark above 60% in the course and at least 65% in the dissertation. 

Applications are welcome from those currently studying for a Masters degree, provided that the coursework and dissertation is completed before the GTA position is taken up. 

Evidence of English language proficiency may be required


Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

 Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Ed Bates, email

How to apply

How to apply

 Applicants may apply with their own PhD proposal or pursue one of the specific projects identified below.

  • Consent to bodily injury and the criminal law
  • Who Belonged to Britain in the Time of Decolonisation? 
  • Addressing the barriers to securing access to medical cannabis in the UK in law, policy, and practice
  • Valuing Difference: Conversion Therapy in an International Human Rights Framework

For further details of these projects/ supervisory team, see here.

Applications are considered on their own merits and no preference will be given to those associated with the listed projects.

To Apply:

Use the application link at the bottom of this page and apply for September 2022 entry. Include the following with your application:

  • Download and complete a research proposal form, normally of 1000-1500 words (Applicants for one of listed projects should complete the regular PhD application proposal form with the relevant project details inserted into it).
  • writing sample in which you make an argument for a conclusion, rather than merely describe the facts or law. This could be a section of a dissertation (not your whole dissertation), a paper from a class, or even something newly written. The essential point is just that the piece must be analytical, so making an argument. Suggested word count, no more than 3000 words'
  • a personal statement which explains why you are interested in the studentship, and why you would be a good person to appoint (Additionally applicants for one of listed projects should explain why they are attracted to the specific project and how their background and experience will suit it (this aspect: maximum 1000 words).
  • all supporting documents, including proof that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements. (Supporting documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.)
  • two references from referees who are familiar with your academic work and who are able to comment on your ability to conduct research and to complete a PhD programme. We would prefer that you provide us with the names and contact details of these referees in the space provided on the application form, so that we may obtain confidential references. In that case, please ensure that your referees submit the reference by the closing date set out above. 

In the funding section of the application please state Law GTA. 

Include the project title and names of supervisors in the space provided on the proposal section of the online application.





The studentships are available to UK (Home) applicants only.

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have Settled status, or
  • Have Pre-settled status (meeting 3 years residency requirements) or
  • Have Indefinite Leave to Remain or Enter

If you are unsure please email and include a copy of your passport and/or any immigration status you may hold.

If you are an EU national and hold either EU pre-settled or EU Settled status please provide us with a share code to verify this. The share code will start with S.

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