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Students in our PhD programme work under the supervision of two academics. In appropriate cases, one of those academics may come from a different department of LSE. 

We also provide specialised training for PhD students, both through our own training course and through courses run by other units of LSE, especially the Department of Methodology and the PhD Academy. 

PhD students are welcome to attend any other LSE course, subject to the approval of the lecturer.

Full-time PhD students must complete their doctorate within four years, and part-time students must complete it within eight years.

At the end of the first year (or, in the case of part-time students, second year), students’ progress is formally assessed. Successful completion of this assessment then sees them registered as candidates for the PhD degree. 

As part of this assessment (or ‘upgrade’) process, students present their work-in-progress at our Upgrade Conference, attended by staff and other PhD students. Third year doctoral students also give a seminar on their work-in-progress, again attended by staff and other PhD students.

We aim to provide our PhD students with the opportunity to gain teaching experience, and also offer the opportunity to become involved with the organisation of mooting, academic conferences, pro bono work, and our working paper series. Each year two PhD students also serve as Masters Students Advisers.  

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A PhD at UCL Laws will allow you to pursue original research and make a distinct and significant contribution to your field

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We are committed to the quality and relevance of the research supervision we offer and as an MPhil/PhD candidate, you will work with academics at the cutting edge of legal scholarship.

Furthermore as a research student, you will be an integral part of our collaborative and thriving research community. Student-run ‘work in progress’ forums and an end-of-first-year PhD workshop will give you the opportunity to present and discuss your research with peers and academic colleagues.

Tailored skills seminars will provide you with a supportive research environment and the critical skills necessary to undertake your research. To foster your academic development we also offer additional faculty funds, which can assist you with the costs of conferences and other research activities.

A community of scholars

UCL Laws is a world-leading community of intellectually dynamic scholars responding to today’s challenges. As a Laws MPhil/PhD student, you will have the opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, this research culture.

The UCL Laws Faculty is rated the top law school for research quality in the UK ( REF 2021 ).

The UCL Laws PhD programme has approximately 60-70 outstanding research students at any one time. The programme accepts applicants with external funding, and puts forward its most outstanding applicants for UCL scholarships.

Research culture

UCL Laws was ranked first in the UK for its world-leading research environment in the most recent Research Excellence Framework and our commitment to our research culture is mirrored in our postgraduate research environment. As a research student here you can take advantage of a range of opportunities to make the most of your studies, and get the best start in your career.

A vibrant and brilliant student community 

“UCL Laws truly is an amazing place and I am glad that it is where I have decided to undertake my doctoral studies. At UCL, I have been encouraged to pursue innovative and original research that might not have been possible in other places.

"The PhD student community is vibrant and made up of utterly brilliant fellows from around the globe. I gained a lot simply by spending time with these people in seminars, in the common room and at the pub.  All in all, UCL Laws is a top-rate institution to pursue graduate studies.”

Jean-Frédéric Ménard, UCL Laws PhD candidate

From opportunities to teach, develop your skills, and present your work, to networking and social events, alongside dedicated research student support facilities, you can find the resources to help you make a distinct and significant contribution to your field.

Academic development

We nurture the development of your research skills from the very beginning of the programme with our skills seminar series. Providing initial support and information about the research process, these seminars will advance your critical skills in research methods and theory as well as fostering your legal and academic career skills.

Our skills seminars culminate in our First-Year Research Presentation Workshop. Here you will have the chance to present your work in front of peers and academic colleagues, gaining both valuable feedback and experience of presenting academic papers in a friendly and supportive environment.

“[The research presentation workshop] gave all new PhD candidates the chance to reflect on their work and to present it, for some of us for the first time, to colleagues and faculty members. It was great to see so many supervisors attend – they provided constructive feedback and words of encouragement. This workshop has given us valuable insights into effective academic presentation skills and helped anticipating what presenting at conferences will be like in the years to come.”

Christina Lienen, PhD Candidate

The Work in Progress Forum is a seminar series led by current PGR students, and is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your research in a supportive environment. All students are encouraged to be involved, and you may have the chance to convene the forums during your PhD.

“The PhD Work in Progress Forum is an integral part of the experience as a research student at UCL Laws. It provides opportunities for students to discuss their work with peers and to hone their skills as discussants in a rigorous yet supportive environment. Convening the Work in Progress Forum offers the chance to learn how to organise academic events. Last, but certainly not least, the Forum shapes the academic community of PhD students that is so vital to successful research.”

Lea Raible, former PhD student

The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is edited and published by graduate (LLM and PhD) students at UCL Laws. Featuring scholarly contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners, it also showcases outstanding research by post-graduate students at UCL. As a research student here you will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the journal, both editorially and through submitting research for publication.

Where possible, we offer research students the opportunity to provide tutorial teaching on the LLB and LLM. UCL offers training in teaching skills through its UCL Arena One programme.

“The opportunity to become a teaching fellow at UCL while completing your research comes with several benefits. When teaching I am part of the academic community in two ways: as a teacher and as a student. I have been able to learn constantly from both sides and the skills I have acquired have shaped me both personally and professionally. This experience is integral to the preparation of any career, whether it be in scholarship, teaching or something completely outside of academia.”

Sara Razai, Teaching Fellow

Research students can take part in our mentoring programme designed to assist LLM students with their dissertations. Each mentor is assigned a list of students, and will offer encouragement and advice on the form and style of dissertations, as well as provide feedback on draft work at face-to-face meetings and by email.

We recognise that conferences are crucial for you to meet other scholars, gain feedback on your research and ideas, and to engage in the academic world. Because of this, we encourage students to participate in both national and international conferences and to present their work in front of varies audiences, both within and outside of UCL. We also encourage students to organise their own conferences, workshops and reading groups where appropriate. To support conference attendance the faculty provides each research student with a generous Personal Research Allowance, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding too (see below).

The Laws faculty has an active public events calendar, and as part of Legal London we attract the leading figures in the field to contribute to our vibrant programme of events, informing public debate around social, legal, environmental and economic issues. Through this you will have the opportunity to hear cutting edge research and be part of a dynamic research community.

For upcoming events, see our events page .

The Doctoral Skills Development Programme is open to all graduate research students at UCL. The purpose of the programme is to give you the opportunity to expand your generic research skills and personal transferable skills. These skills are intended to help your research at UCL and also to enhance your life skills and employability. To find out more,  see the website here .

The UCL Law Journal Blog is the online platform of the  UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence  – UCLJLJ.

Much like our sibling UCLJLJ, the UCL Law Journal Blog is edited and published by graduate (Masters and PhD) students of UCL Laws. The Blog publishes scholarly contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners, as well as showcasing outstanding research of post-graduate students at UCL.

We accepts submissions and contributions in all areas of law and jurisprudence, reflecting the diverse and innovative areas of research at UCL Laws and UCLJLJ.

The Blog’s primary aim is to make a high-quality contribution to current debates on local and global issues of law and jurisprudence, and offer these contributions in a free, accessible, and updated platform, covering up-to-date events, developments, debates, cases, and more.

Finally, the Blog, much like the Journal, seeks to add to the content, research, an contributions of UCL, one of world’s leading law schools.

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Guidelines for Submission

The UCLJLJ Blog editorial board welcomes any contribution that concern the law and legal developments. We welcome reports on proceedings, case notes, book reviews, articles, interviews, and more.

We do not have any preference as to the methodology, and theoretical, doctrinal, interdisciplinary, empirical, and any other methodology – is welcome. Similarly we have no limitation, nor preference, to a particular field of law or jurisdiction nevertheless, in some cases certain contribution may be edited or coupled so to form a theme.

Not only contributions advocating a certain position are encouraged, but also comprehensive critical analyses, replies and reviews. Moreover, active debate is welcome on the blog, ensuring the possibility of all parties to be heard and a common symbolic space of dialogue to be established.

For further information on our blog guidelines, see our blog guidelines page .

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My favourite things about studying at UCL Laws

"There are three things I particularly enjoy about studying at UCL Laws. The first is the rest of the PhD community. The small size of the PhD cohort and the range of interesting topics being worked on helps foster a vibrant and supportive research environment where everyone learns from each other. The second is being situated in Bentham House. Having excellent research facilities and dedicated study space in the heart of London is invaluable, especially as it allows me to attend talks and conferences throughout the city. The third is the opportunity to engage more widely with the work being undertaken by the UCL Law Faculty and UCL as a whole. The opportunity, for example, to attend and contribute to staff work-in-progress seminars and attend discussions in other faculties gives me a cross-disciplinary insight and makes my work more holistic."

Jeevan Hariharan, UCL Laws PhD candidate

Additional funding 

Graduate research students at UCL Laws have an annual research allowance that can be used to cover research-related expenses such as purchasing books, attending conferences or any other materials relevant to their research.

The allowance is currently £750 full-time or £375 part-time per financial year.

UCL Laws also runs a by-application research fund for current PhD students, aimed at providing financial assistance to fund valuable research activities that would otherwise be impossible.

Some examples of research activities supported by the fund include:

  • Training in new research skills not available through the UCL Skills Development programme or the UCL Doctoral School
  • Specialised research equipment or materials
  • Support for access to specialised research facilities
  • Research trips or visiting studentship
  • Attending a conference to present a paper relevant to their thesis
  • Organising workshops, seminars or conferences relevant to the thesis
  • Activities that will spread knowledge, understanding of and engagement with research with external, non-academic audiences

The PRIF Fund is available to all enrolled MPhil and PhD students at UCL Laws, and is run through the Laws PhD Programme Office.

Networking and social events

We offer a number of events and opportunities for graduate research students to network and socialise with fellow students and academics, to help you make new connections, develop your research and gain new skills.

Each year we host a welcome lunch where first year PhD students meet their supervisors, other PhD students and the members of the PhD team.

Each year, new and returning graduate research students are invited to a special welcome event, hosted by the Dean of the faculty at the start of Term 1. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for new students to meet academic staff and other students from across the faculty.

The UCL Laws PhD Programme is based in Bentham House in Endsleigh Gardens.

In addition, all UCL Laws graduate research students can access the specialist resources provided by the  UCL Doctoral School , including useful information about research policies and procedures, societies, events and competitions, as well as to student facilities at UCL.

Some of the best libraries in the world are on our doorstep, and our students are able to take advantage of the specialist collections and materials as part of their studies and research.

UCL Laws students are able to access the  UCL Library , which currently holds over 1.3 million volumes, and includes a extensive law collection, which is particularly strong in the fields of international law, English law, public law, jurisprudence and Roman law.

As a member of the  University of London , all UCL students can join the  Senate House Library  and, with permission, visit the specialist libraries of other members of the University of London, including the  SOAS Library , the  British Library of Political and Economic Science  at the LSE, the  Institute of Historical Research .

Our students can also make use of the major research library of the  Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)  in Russell Square. The collections of the IALS concentrate primarily on common law, civil law and Roman-Dutch law systems throughout the world and include material in western European languages for all jurisdictions for comparative and general reference purposes.

Research students can also register for a Reader’s Pass for the  British Library , and make use of its unrivalled reference collection.

Recent successes of PhD students

Four PhD students from the UCL Faculty of Laws have been successful in achieving academic positions in the UK and overseas. You can also read more student news  to find out about the events and publications our PhD students have been involved in.

Recently completed PhDs 

UCL Laws has a vibrant community of outstanding research students. You can read more about research by students who have recently completed their studies at UCL Laws below.

  • Dr Lulwa Althenayan,  Between Shari'ah and International Standards: Protecting the Rights of the Child under Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Law
  • Dr Chiara Armeni,  Public Participation in Decision-making on Wind Energy Infrastructure: Rethinking the Legal Approach Beyond Public Acceptance
  • Dr Joe Atkinson,  Labour law and human rights: legal and philosophical perspectives
  • Dr Caspar Bartscherer,  Primary and Secondary Rights in Private Law
  • Dr Alexander Green,  A Moral Explanation of Emerging Statehood: Political Community and International Law
  • Dr Eleanore Hickman,  Diversity, merit and power in the c-suite of the FTSE100
  • Dr Ashleigh Keall,  Conceptions of Harm in the Canadian Constitutional Adjudication of Religious Freedom
  • Dr Eva Christina Lienen,  The Nuanced Constitution: An Essay on Common Law Constitutional Rights
  • Dr Alfonso Salvatore Nocilla,  Corporate Rescue at the Crossroads
  • Dr Gaiane Nuridzhanian,  Ne bis in idem in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
  • Dr Ira Ryk-Lakhman,  The Protection of Foreign Investments in Armed Conflicts
  • Dr Eugenio Enrique Velasco Ibarra Arguelles, Adjudicating the right to freedom of religion or belief in the liberal state
  • Dr Dorothy Acha Morfaw Epse Ghogomu, The complexities and inequalities of the laws of divorce in Cameroon and how these can be overcome  
  • Dr Alberto Coddou Mc Manus, A transformative approach to anti-discrimination law in Latin America  
  • Dr Kumaravadivel Guruparan, Internal Self-Determination in Public International Law  
  • Dr Murilo Lubambo De Melo, Entry of foreign investments: convergence of international trade and investment law?
  • Dr June Namgoong, Reconstructing trade and labour linkages: A legal analysis of labour provisions in United States trade arrangements  
  • Dr Igor Nikolic, Licensing standard essential patents: FRAND and the internet of things  
  • Dr Christopher O’Meara, Necessity and proportionality and the right of self-defence in international law  
  • Dr Sara Razai, The role and significance of judges in the Arab Middle East: An interdisciplinary and empirical study  
  • Dr Daniel Seah, The ASEAN character of non-intervention: a study of the relationship between general and regional international law  
  • Dr Nicholas Tiverios, Relief against contractual penalties in England and Australia: history, theory and practice
  • Dr Yael Levy Ariel, Judicial diversity in Israel: an empirical study of judges, lawyers and law students  
  • Dr Michael Connolly, Easy cases making bad law: the English judiciary, discrimination law, and the statutory interpretation 
  • Dr Amber Darr,  Parallel pasts, divergent destinies: a comparative analysis of transferring and implementing competition laws in India and Pakistan  
  • Dr Olivia Hamlyn,  Beyond Rhetoric: Closing the Gap between Policy and Practice in the EU's Regulation of Risky Technologies  
  • Dr Guillermo Jimenez Salas, Nonjudicial administrative justice in Latin America. A case study of the Chilean Comptroller-General  
  • Dr Gerard Kelly,  Governing the EU ETS: the contribution and modalities of linkage  
  • Dr Kimberly Liu, The constitutionality of facially neutral affirmative action in the United States  
  • Dr Lea Raible,  Human rights unbound: a theory of extraterritorial human rights obligations with special reference to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  
  • Dr Diana Richards, Learning to Judge: An Empirical Study of Judicial Attitudes to Training and Sentencing in Romania  
  • Dr Christopher Riley, Jeremy Bentham and the utility of history 
  • Dr Anna Tzanaki,  The regulation of minority shareholdings and other structural links between competing undertakings: A law & economics analysis
  • Dr Yu Shan Chang,  The mechanisms and rationale for integrated publicly-funded legal services: a comparative study of England and Wales, Australia and Taiwan  
  • Dr Anna Donovan,  Reconceptualising Corporate Compliance  
  • Dr Jessica Duggan-Larkin,  Human Rights Duties and the International Actions of States  
  • Dr Eleni Frantziou,  The Horizontal Effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: a Constitutional Analysis  
  • Dr Mariko Fukasaka,  The Adversary System of the International Court of Justice: An Analytical Study  
  • Dr Andrew Gilbert,  British conservatism and the legal regulation of intimate adult relationships, 1983-2013  
  • Dr Miguel-Jose Lopez-Lorenzo,  Truth and knowledge in law: the integration challenge  
  • Dr Manuela Melandri,  Self-determination and state-building in international law: a right in abeyance?  
  • Dr Andres Palacios Lleras,  Competition law in Latin America: markets, politics, expertise  
  • Dr Azza Raslan,  The diffusion of competition law in Africa: theoretical perspectives on the policy transfer process  
  • Dr Inga Thiemann,  She is not just a victim. An intersectional feminist labour law approach to human trafficking into the sex industry  
  • Dr Larissa Verra Boratti,  Environmental assessment from an environmental justice perspective: analysing the impacts of major urban projects in Brazil  
  • Dr Xiaobo Zhai,  Bentham's Theory of the Nature of Law
  • Dr Ghislaine Lanteigne,  The Best Interests of the Child in Relocation Disputes: England and Wales, and Canada  
  • Dr Claire Lougarre,  The Right to Health: Legal Content through Supranational Monitoring  
  • Dr Vassiliki Martzoukou,  Claims to Resources and Positive Obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights  
  • Dr Natalie Ohana,  Social Exclusion through Legal Naming Events: The Case Study of Violence against Women by Male Partners  
  • Dr Luke Price,  Improving the legal regulation of organisations by re-assessing the requirements of responsibility in the corporate context  
  • Dr Oisin Suttle,  Equality in Global Commerce: Towards a Theory of Justice in World Trade Law  
  • Dr Maria Tzanakopoulou,  In Defence of Constitutionalism: Democracy, Power and the Nation State
  • Dr Ilias Trispiotis, Freedom of religion, equality and discrimination in the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Dr Kristi Gourlay, The scientific approach to legal history and legal reform: comparing the legal philosophy, historical methodology, and legal science of Blackstone, Kames, and Bentham
  • Dr Christopher Anderson, Administrative legitimacy and risk regulation in the European Union and the United States
  • Dr Prakash Puchooa, Have the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) judges exercised their judicial discretion fairly? A case study of the formulation and application of Joint Criminal Enterprise (JCE)
  • Dr Radosveta Vassileva, Change of Economic Circumstances in Bulgarian and English Law. What lessons for the Harmonization of Contract Law in the European Union?

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"UCL has provided me with opportunities to present my work, both domestically and internationally, as well as to undertake a research visit to another university. It has provided me with the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in my future career, both in and out of academia."

Joe Atkinson, UCL Laws PhD student

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The School is home to over 90 doctoral researchers. Their projects cover a broad range of topics from intellectual property to information technology, from competition law to counter-rules, from global justice to gender equality.

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Our research courses are overseen by the Vice Dean for Research, Professor Michael Schillig and the Director for Doctoral Studies, Dr Nicola Palmer. Please direct any queries to our School Research Officer by contacting [email protected] .

Candidates should identify and approach their potential first supervisor before applying. Applications from candidates without a named, agreed supervisor from the School will not be considered.  View our people page  to match your interests with our academic's broad range of research expertise.

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The Dickson Poon School of Law is home to one of the largest communities of doctoral researchers in the country and prides itself on the vibrant life of its doctoral programme. Our researchers are an integral part of the King’s community and fully participate in staff research events alongside faculty members.

The Dickson Poon School of Law is also home to various research centres and groupings which enjoy strong international and national reputations. These centres contribute to legal and wider public discourse on important current issues. You may find that your PhD project and research interests align with the themes and scope of one of our research centres or groups, where you will find opportunities to be involved with their projects and activities. For more information, see Our Centres . 

You will join our academic staff on the premises in Somerset House East Wing where we have a dedicated suite of hot desking spaces available to our research students. Mere minutes from the Strand Campus you will find the  Maughan Library which serves as King College London’s library for law, social science, and the arts and humanities. As a King’s researcher you will also have access to the resources of other London universities including those at Senate House (home to the University of London’s research library), the British Library of Economics and Political Science at LSE, and the libraries of both Birkbeck College and the School of Oriental and African Studies in Bloomsbury. You also have access to The British Library, and The  Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)  - the premier legal research library in London.

Student Representation

As a PhD student, you will be represented at the Faculty level by our Postgraduate Research Student Committee. This is a student-staff liaison committee which includes 4 representatives from the PhD cohort who take a lead in specific areas of concern and make sure that research students’ voices are heard. You are also represented at College level by the King's Doctoral Students' Association which includes members from each Faculty.

Our Law Student Reps provide input into training, inclusion, research activities, and social events. They have organised career development seminars, online writing sessions, and an annual Doctoral Student Sympsium where you will have an opporunity to present work-in-progress to your peers and members of our academic community. 

Timeline of a PhD

The structure of the Law PhD is 3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) + 12 months of a Writing Up year. This means most full-time students submit their thesis toward the end of their 4th year.

Entry to the Law Research MPhil/PhD programme is 1st October of each academic year. Over the course of the PhD, students will undertake independent research under the guidance of their supervisors to produce an innovative thesis of up to 100,000 words.

During your PhD, progress will be monitored by formal progress reports submitted to our Student Records system every 6 months. You will be expected to regularly meet with your supervisory team and engage in the research community of The Dickson Poon School of Law.

When you arrive

The School runs a series of induction events to complement the events King’s offers to all its postgraduate research students. These events introduce the School, its facilities and allow students to meet your enrolling peers and the wider PhD community. You should meet with your first supervisor within a week or two of enrolment. This meeting will serve to identify your second supervisor, agree the frequency of your meetings, discuss ethics approval and your upgrade. You will submit a student-supervisor agreement following this meeting.

Your first year

Introduction to PhD Research in Law is a compulsory course that runs over the first year. This seminar series will introduce you to the idea of methodology in legal research. It will provide an overview of different legal research methodologies and explore the link between theory and methodology and outline key research skills such as conducting a literature review, analysing qualitative and quantitative data and applying for ethical approval for research. At the end of the course researchers should be able to make informed decisions about their research methodology and build their project in accordance with it.

All new students initially register for the MPhil degree with the expectation that they will transfer to the PhD. Law research students upgrade between 9 -12 months after their initial registration. To successfully upgrade, you will produce a significant piece of written work (approximately 20,000 words, usually two draft chapters), a draft abstract (approximately 250 words) and a work plan for completion of the thesis (with goals and completion dates). There is then an oral assessment (a mini-viva) to discuss this work. This meeting is with your first supervisor, an independent assessor (usually from within the School) and a Chair. The key principle for upgrading is that you are well on course to produce research of the required standard within the permitted timescale.

Your second year and third year

Regular supervisory meetings will continue, and you may spend time away doing fieldwork or studying abroad. We encourage you to engage with the community of The Dickson Poon School of Law. We will require you to present your research to peers and the Faculty. There may be opportunities to gain teaching experience during this stage of your degree.

At the end of three years most students transfer into a ‘writing up’ year. This period marks the end of the data collection and research required for the PhD. Once you formally transfer, you are no longer required to pay full fees only pay a small writing-up fee. Writing Up is for a maximum of one year. You must adhere to your final submission date (usually four years after registration), regardless of when you transfer into Writing Up, though some students submit earlier than the final submission date.

Submission and final assessment

Assessment is by a thesis, not to exceed 100,000 words and an oral examination of your thesis (your viva). The viva is by two external Examiners who are experts in the field of research being examined.

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At LSE, PhD students have several progression markers to ensure that their research is on track and to provide them with formal feedback to shape the remainder of their journey. The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science has two such targets for progress in the run up to the submission of the thesis – an extended essay for first-year students and an upgrade viva for second-year students.

As a first-year student, my essay was due last year on the first day of the Winter Term. My department registers students as MPhil candidates in the first instance and the progression markers provide the decision criteria for upgrading to the PhD status. And so, my essay was an important factor for my PhD progression. Here’s how I went about it.

Understand the requirement

The essay is a detailed articulation of your research plan and how your research is important to the on-going work in your area of interest. It needs to outline what your contribution will be, why this is necessary, and how you will go about it. In essence, the essay has to be a detailed literature review that discusses your topic and the current state of affairs therein and how your research ideas make a worthwhile contribution. It also has to be a comprehensive proposal outlining your research plan along with clear timelines.

Create a blueprint

After you understand the brief for the essay, creating a blueprint detailing how you’ll meet the requirements provides a good framework. To do this, I went back to the proposal I had submitted with my application and highlighted the parts that would be included in my essay. I also referred to additional readings I had done after I had submitted my application. After this, I created a brief outline for my essay that was tailored around my topic and shared it with my supervisor for feedback. I then incorporated the inputs and finalised the blueprint for my essay.

Read, read and read

To nail the literature review, I ensured that I had thoroughly read up on the topic. I read about the history of my topic, seminal works, since its origin to trace the evolution, multiple theoretical perspectives, and finally, I read more recent work to gain perspective on current dialogue in the field. Such extensive reading helped with: drawing up the relevant viewpoints for my research, discovering new perspectives that can inform my work, arguing my case better on how my contribution is important, and integrating my work into the literature. Pro tip: make notes as you read, highlight, add comments to the texts. You’ll read many texts and it is easy to lose track of the important bits.

Start writing

While it is easy to get caught up in all the reading, it is also important to get started with the writing before it gets overwhelming. My essay was supposed to be 6,000 words long. After I’d read the seminal works in the area, I started writing my essay. I did not follow a linear order and wrote parts of the essay that I corresponded to my readings. That way, I did not have to constantly switch between subtopics. Also, my notes were very helpful during the writing process. Pro tip: if you do not follow a linear pattern while writing, re-reading your draft several times helps ensure that your writing flows logically from one point to the next.

Seek feedback

Make sure you plan your writing in such a way that you leave ample time to seek feedback from your supervisor(s) and incorporate their inputs in your work. It helps to gain perspective on whether you’re on the right track. Don’t procrastinate on seeking feedback thinking you will refine it further before sharing it. All your first draft needs to be perfect is to be complete. Once, my first draft was complete I sent it to my supervisors and received valuable inputs that helped me in refining it. Pro tip: be proactive, your supervisor is more likely to provide feedback when you ask for it.

That’s how I wrote my essay over three months. While it seemed slightly intimidating initially, it was nonetheless a thought-provoking exercise that provided clarity for my research.

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I’m Aish, an MPhil/PhD student at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. I study the impact that personality characteristics can have on performance at the workplace. When I’m not actively PhD-ing, I spend my time cooking, writing, and hula-hooping.

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Abasolo lists "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for his split from Lindsay.

"Many of you know me as a chiropractor, and also a husband, my proudest role so far," Abasolo said in a statement he shared on Instagram Tuesday. “After more than 4 years of marriage, Rachel and I have made the difficult decision to part ways and start anew ... Sometimes loving yourself and your partner means you must let go.”

He asked for respect of their space "as we figure out our next steps."

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Abasolo would end up proposing to Lindsay in Spain during the finale of the show to the dismay of fans on social media, who largely  rooted for runner-up Peter Kraus , according to USA Today reports.

The couple tied the knot in August 2019 in Mexico, and opted to not have it televised.

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According to the divorce petition, Abasolo is seeking spousal support, though an amount is not specified, a USA Today report said. Additionally, Abasolo requested to terminate the court's ability to reward spousal support to Lindsay.

Abasolo is also seeking ownership rights for his shared properties with Lindsay, which include a residence in North Hollywood.

The filing does not indicate the couple has a prenuptial agreement on how their assets should be divided.

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