PhD course: Theory and Methodology in law

The PhD School invite all PhD students within the discipline of jurisprudence to a course on

Theory and Methodology in law

Course description

The course is designed for students who have recently embarked upon PhD studies and need to enhance their general understanding of methodology and research methods, as well as the ways in which the theoretical framework and specific research methods may be applied in their research projects. The course can also be relevant for students who have been working on their research for a while and needs perspectives on methodology questions for their research project. 

The course will provide an overview of main research methods commonly used by legal researchers. Apart from the main jurisprudential approaches, the course will also cover empirical and interdisciplinary approaches to law. The research approaches and trends will be discussed in the context of international as well as Danish law. The course will run over a longer period. 

  • A two day course on Campus in December (December 8-9, 2022).
  • Regular sessions over a period of 12 weeks organized as study groups with the aim to involve PhD students more actively with different presentations. The Ph.D. students will chose tracks after the two day course and the 12 weeks will begin January 2023.

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Course Information

  • Time:  8 Dec. - 9 Dec. 2022
  • Venue: The course will run on Campus, Copenhagen (track 4 will run in Odense, SDU)
    University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Room: 4A.1.46 (Building 4A, First floor, Room 46) A guide on how to find Campus is available at our website via this link and a map of campus is available here
  • ECTS: 
    • 5 ECTS points for participating in the 2-day course, submitting the required written assignments and participating in the study group.
    • 3 ECTS points for participating only in the 2-day course (for PhD students not enrolled at University of Copenhagen)
  • Registration: No later than 2 November 2022Registration is closed.
    However, there are still a few places available at the course. If you are interested in a place, please write an e-mail to the PhD Administration (
  • Any questions about the course may be directed to the PhD Administration (