PhD in Law Programs in China in English for 2022

China now has the most PhD graduates in the world and is one of the best places to get your PhD.

The course structure of a PhD or doctoral program in China is similar to the UK and US. First, you will choose a novel topic in your field and conduct a detailed research about it with the assistance of a chosen supervisor. Upon completion of the research, you will submit a thesis presenting significant findings.

The normal length of a full-time Chinese PhD program is three to four years with an option apply for a one year extension to complete writing your dissertation.

A PhD’s academic year in China is composed of two semesters, the spring semester which starts in March and ends in mid July and the fall semester which starts in mid September and ends in January.

There are many types of PhD engineering programs in China. Civil engineering, biomedical engineering, petroleum engineering, etc., You can search and find the full list here.

Why study PhD in Law in China?

China is one of the best countries to obtain a law degree. To be an expert in international law, one must be well-versed with Chinese law and its complex legal system. Many elite Chinese universities such as Tsinghua University and Peking University offer quality law degrees in a multitude of specialized areas such as commercial law, comparative law, international law and civil law.

With the development of China’s economy, Universities are internationalising, and there are more and more competitive courses in law. Students studying law in China will receive a high quality international education, often at the fraction of the price of elsewhere.

You can read more about studying law in China here.

Angel’s Experience Studying PhD in Law

Angel from Ecuador PhD in Law in Beijing

Angel Puente Reyes is a lawyer by profession. He has 10 years of legal practice in Ecuador where he also worked with Chinese clients. Interested to learn more about China’s history, culture and economy, he travelled all the way from South America to Asia to study in China.

Read more about Angel here.

PhD in Law Scholarships in China

Yes there are are scholarships for PhD in China but they are not too simple to apply. You need to find a supervisor and then apply, or you need to be accepted for the CSC scholarship. We suggest that you apply to the PhD program at universities and the scholarships at the same time. More information is here.

The Admissions Process for PhD in Law

Applying for a PhD in law China is different from applying for bachelor or master programs. In addition to meeting the admission requirements and application materials, students are required to find their own supervisors to guide them during the course of their study.

We can help to send you a list of supervisors, and we have a template letter that you can use here. It can be difficult to get hold of the professors, so we put some tips there.

To proceed with your application, you need to find three suitable supervisors from the university for your research proposal. Once your find a supervisor, send the request for supervision on your thesis. If the supervisor approves, you will receive a confirmation letter or email. You can then continue on with the application process.

PhD Admission Requirements

Applicants for doctoral programs must have attained a master’s degree, and students who graduated from a non-Chinese institution must have a master’s degree from an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education of China.

Full List of PhD in Law Programs in China in English

You can search PhD in Law programs here.


The full list of PhD in Law programs in China is here.

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