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CREATe offers unique, world-class opportunities for doctoral research.

We supervise PhD students working across a range of disciplines including cultural economics, empirical legal studies, intellectual property law, policy studies and studies of management of the creative industries. Our ethos for PhD training involves fostering an active cohort of researchers and including students in scholarly activities of the Centre, including conferences, impact activity and digital resource curation. CREATe also regularly hosts visiting PhD students for periods ranging from several weeks to one year.

There are a number of ways to pursue PhD studies with CREATe. When available, we will advertise funded PhD studentships associated with specific grants. Alternatively, prospective students may contact us with a proposal for self-funded or externally funded doctoral research. If you have a research proposal prepared (for an idea of topics of interest, please see the fields outlined in ourĀ research programme) and have identified potential supervisor(s), please get in touch with us at or email a member of faculty directly to discuss your interests. We encourage prospective PhD students to seek external funding as part of the application process.

CREATe can offer supervision on topics in the following areas:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • Trade marks
  • Patents
  • Data protection
  • Privacy law
  • Internet Law
  • Law and technology

We also welcome proposals for bold, interdisciplinary studies and empirical or socio-legal methodologies.

Read more about PhD life at CREATe on the PGR Resource page.