European Law and Governance, Ph.D.

The ELGS PhD is a degree program lasting a minimum of 3 years which enables students to conduct independent research in the fields of Legal Research,Governance Studies, or on an interdisciplinary topic.The program is supported by the expansive ELGS Int'l Faculty network of 100+ legal & governance scholars & practitioners worldwide, the Partner Universities across Europe and the world and the EPLO.

About

Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research, as well as a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Full time residency is not a requirement for this degree, but students may be required to attend several training sessions throughout the program which will be held at the EPLO premises in Greece. The first training session will introduce students to advanced research methods, while consecutive sessions focus on tutoring and teaching skills. Students are also expected attend classes, seminars, and lectures, as designated by their supervisors, and to be actively involved in presenting their research findings at conferences throughout Europe and the greater world. Upon completion of the program students will deliver up to a 100,000 word thesis.

Program Benefits

The ELGS PhD program is a modern program of the highest academic standard, which has been designed with flexibility and mobility in mind. Successful applicants will be assigned a supervisor, based upon their academic interests, from the renowned International Faculty Network of the ELGS.

The International Faculty Network is comprised of professors and practitioners from throughout the world, which enables students to conduct research on a wide-range of topics, in many countries and in roughly 10 languages.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Students admitted as Probationary Research Students (PRS)
  • Attend 2 week orientation program in mid October at Sounion(25 hours of classes in research methods, statistical methods, presentation preparation, public speaking)
  • Assign supervisor and devise work program
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Meetings with supervisor
  • Qualifying Test (10,000 word paper on research proposal, Title, Draft Outline)
Year 2
  • Successful students from 1st year progress from PRS to PhD status
  • 2-day training on ‘How to be a tutor’ at Sounion (optional)
  • Assist in undergraduate and postgraduate tutorials of the ELGS (for resident students)
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Attend PhD Conference (Year 2 or 3)
  • PhD Students submit confirmation Test
Year 3
  • Tutorship
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Attend PhD Conference (Year 2 or 3)
  • Students granted leave to supplicate
  • Delivery of Thesis
  • Thesis Defense

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

Students from all over the world may be admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the PhD should have a first or second class master’s degree in law, political sciences, or in a relevant field of the social sciences. High caliber students with a background in a different field of studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13800 International
  • EUR 13800 EU/EEA

Funding

All students must be able to provide evidence of sufficient funding to cover the cost of their tuition fees throughout the duration of the program. If you have obtained funding from an outside source, please indicate this in your application. Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available each year, which are select based upon merit. In the event that you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please submit a scholarship request in the amount of 400-600 words.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.