PhD Research

Studying for a PhD in Law at Aston:

We accept only full time PhD applications (3 years).
Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved a first or upper second class Honours degree in Law from an approved University or Institution of Higher Education.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

As Aston Law is part of the world-renowned Aston Business School, our PhD applicants can apply for a position as a graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). GTAs work within their Academic Groups carrying out a range of activities including teaching and marking.

GTAs are awarded for three years (contingent on satisfactory progress and are worth £20,000 per annum. Student fees are paid out of this sum, with the remainder paid to the student over the year. Students will be expected to pursue the PhD programme on a full-time basis and will be required to assist their Academic Group with its teaching load for an average of 6 hours per week.

To be eligible to apply for the GTA’s candidates must first hold an offer of a place on the PhD programme at Aston Business School.  Further information on the application procedure, application forms, and programme structure are available at http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/research/

The deadline for GTA applications is 6 May 2014. To apply, you must first make a full application for a PhD (http://www1.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/apply/) and you will then be contacted about the GTA position by our admissions team. Therefore, applicants should apply before this deadline so that their PhD application can be processed and to ensure that they are eligible for the GTA position.

For particular information related to the GTA positions please refer to the attached document or follow this link: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/programmes/research/phd-mphil-in-management/fees-studentships/

For general information about a PhD in Law or to discuss details about the, please email Dr David Salmons. 


Home and other European Union students *
Full-time fees per year: £3,996

Overseas / (Non-EU) Students *
Full-time fees per year: £11,730
*for 2014/15

Research Interests of our Staff 

For a  list of the research interests of our staff, with links to the profile and publications of each member of our staff, please click here.


To apply for a PhD at Aston, please follow the below link: 


For further guidance, please contact Dr David Salmons, or refer to the below link.

Email: d.salmons@aston.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 204 3475


Our recent and current PhD Students:

Mrs Luciana Akemi Iwasa (Full-time) Successfully completed PhD Viva - January 2013

Ms Balgiisa Sheikh-Ahmed (Full-time) entry 2013; current GTA

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research