Doctoral School of Law, PhD

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • French
Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, University of Luxembourg ,
The Doctoral School of Law offers a quality research environment, assuring the best conditions for an advanced training of doctoral candidates in law at the University of Luxembourg. Through its research and training programmes, the University fosters an open-minded approach to legal analysis, going beyond the boundaries of national jurisdictions, to promote comparative cross-disciplinary research, within a multilingual environment and an international academic team.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The themes of the Doctoral School of Law address all levels of analysis, including Luxembourg, European, comparative and international law. The School encourages students to evaluate legal epistemology, the theory of law and philosophy of law and is committed to supporting an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective. It develops leading research in economic and financial law, based on a comprehensive transnational approach.

In accordance with its commitment to an open-minded European and international perspective, the school organises opportunities for scientific cooperation and exchanges with universities worldwide. This facilitates student mobility in terms of international research placements. At the same time, the school welcomes young researchers, students from abroad, and the co-supervision of doctoral theses.
The doctoral school of law is also developing a partnership with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, to offer additional opportunities for doctoral training and academic cooperation.


The Doctoral school at the University of Luxembourg offers both theoretical and practical training, providing a useful background for writing a thesis and adopting a broad scientific culture. The training aims to equip PhD students with the necessary epistemological and methodological tools for pursuing a rigorous research project and introduce them to a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary culture.

The Doctoral school of law aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To support and enhance the legal education of doctoral students,
  • To advance and build upon current research methodology,
  • To cultivate an academic culture and an open-minded mentality among PhD students in the framework of a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach,
  • To promote immersion in different legal cultures worldwide.
Career prospects

A law thesis prepares candidates for academic as well as non-academic careers in the public sector (administration, European institutions etc.) and private sector (lawyer, corporate lawyer, bank lawyer, compliance officer, etc.).

The doctoral school prepares PhD students for a professional career which corresponds to their skills and abilities. To this end, the school has developed a network of partnerships with the legal profession. Its special ties with European institutions and Luxembourg as a financial centre offer excellent career prospects for PhD candidates.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    20 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic, Professional

Programme Structure

  • Module 1: Méthodologie
  • Module 2: Europeanisation of law
  • Module 3: Cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary courses
  • Module 4: Workshops
  • Module 5: Conferences
  • Module 6: Transferable Skills
Admission criteria

Qualitative criteria for candidates

  • Candidate’s qualifications and minimum grades: average mark of 14/20 in a Master 2 or equivalent degree, or a mark within the top quarter of students in a particular course,
  • Written work: dissertation or published paper, failing which, a comprehensive thesis proposal (minimum of 40 pages), written in one of the University’s languages,
  • Candidate’s motivation (letter in support of the candidate’s application and interview by at least two members of the doctoral school),
  • 2 letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes).

Criteria relating to the proposed topic of the thesis

  • Suitability of the topic
    • in relation to the candidate’s previous university coursework,
    • in relation to the research topics at the doctoral school of law,
    • in relation to the research topics of the thesis supervisor.

Tuition Fee


Funding at the University of Luxembourg

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Commits to the University of Luxembourg by signing a fixed-term contract of employment for an initial of 14 months extendable up to 3-4 years at the rate of 40 hours per week;
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor;
  • Must provide 1 to 3 hours of teaching per week;
  • Devotes more than 80% of his time to research activities.


  • The candidate applied successfully for a Ph.D. offer financed by the university which was published on the university’s employment portal.
Research training grant ("Aide à la Formation Recherche" (AFR)

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Applies for “Research training grant” from the National Research Fund. Applications can be submitted twice a year.
  • Applies for a fellowship or for a contract of employment with the university;
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor;
  • Devotes more than 80% of his time to research – a teaching activity is desirable.


  • The candidate applied successfully for a Ph.D. offer funded by “research training grant” which was published on the university’s employment portal
  • The candidate submitted his dissertation topic to a dissertation supervisor who accepted it
“Third-party” funding
  • The Ph.D. student is “sponsored” by a third organisation (companies, public research centres, etc.) which funds his research.
  • This funding can be formalised by an agreement with the University of Luxembourg.
  • The Ph.D. student devotes more than 90% of his time to research.


  • The Ph.D. student has chosen his topic and is working in a company or a research institution.

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Finances his dissertation with his own funds.
  • Does not sign a contract of employment with the University of Luxembourg.
  • Devotes all his “free” time to his research project.
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor.
  • Ph.D. students with an occupation are in general enrolled as part-time students.
    (For more Information, contact the "Office of Doctoral Studies")


  • The candidate has chosen his dissertation topic

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