Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.
Goldsmiths Law MPhil/PhD candidates are given outstanding opportunities to explore modern legal phenomena in their rapidly changing socio-political, cultural, and economic context.
PhD study at Goldsmiths allows candidates to join a vibrant community of researchers with a particular focus on law in its political, social, economic, and cultural context, and social justice. Our research emphasises interdisciplinary perspectives and is concerned with global challenges (such as the development of new technologies, or the rising threat of climate change), and new political priorities at domestic and trans-national levels.
Our forward-looking, cosmopolitan, and distinctive Law department draws on, and has further strengthened, Goldsmiths’ rich heritage of critical and transformative scholarship, and its unique ability to foster radical and creative thinking, facilitated by cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration.
Goldsmiths is known for its academic strengths in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences; its unique focus on public and community engagement; the outstanding alumni from every generation of students; and its ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research. Our MPhil/PhD programme follows this tradition, and students joining the programme will also be joining a wider doctoral community served by Goldsmiths’ multidisciplinary Graduate School.
Working independently and with others
We aspire for our PhD candidates to be fully integrated into the Department of Law’s innovative approach to legal studies and legal research, and are passionate about connecting students with our network of leading scholars and professionals, including:
- Our renowned visiting professors
- The dynamic organisations with which we work, whose aim is to make a real impact on policy, the law, and communities
- Academic staff and doctoral researchers in other Goldsmiths departments (e.g. in the departments of Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, History, Art, Design, Institute of Management Studies, and others) with intertwined research interests
- Our activist research centres and think tanks
- The scholars and legal professionals with whom we collaborate in our Law and Policy Clinics
PhD candidates are offered opportunities to contribute to our research and public engagement activity that will develop their skills to work in and beyond academia upon graduation, including growing confidence in public speaking, and using modern technologies to communicate research outputs.
Research Supervision Areas
All MPhil/PhD candidates at Goldsmiths receive supervision from two members of academic staff throughout their study with us, who may be drawn from the same department or, in the case of interdisciplinary projects, multiple departments at the college.
Areas of research strength in the Department of Law include:
- criminal law and procedure, and criminal justice
- public international law
- transnational human rights
- law and migration
- gender, race and sexuality
- law and technologies
Candidates are strongly encouraged prior to making their application to approach individual academics directly with expertise in the area in which they intend to pursue doctoral study, to inquire informally about supervision availability and to discuss preliminary research ideas. A full list of our current staff and their areas of research expertise can be found here.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Alex Dymock.