PhD, PhD

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. It is supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

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.

While this program encourages mobility and flexibility, students are expected to be devoted full time to their PhD studies. Students that are employed should be able to demonstrate balance work and study and be able to deliver their thesis within the established period of time.
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

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Program Content
The structure and content of the program can be found below:
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

Test Scores

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

Academic Requirements

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.
Language Requirements
All taught elements of the program will be conducted in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:
  • TOEFL Internet based, Score of 90 or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, Grade B or above
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks
  • Students intending to conduct their research in a language other than English must demonstrate their level of the relevant language skills.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13800 International
  • EUR 13800 EU/EEA

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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