Law, PhD

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
Queen's University Belfast ,
The School of Law at Queen's has a long and distinguished record of achievement in both education and research. The production of world-leading and internationally excellent research in Human Rights, Governance, Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Common Law explains why the School of Law at Queen's is now rated as one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK. 
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Postgraduate education is an integral part of the life of the School, which plays host to a strong and dynamic postgraduate community. Research undertaken is currently shaping global and local debates within legal scholarship.


The School of Law at Queen's is recognised as a top 10 institution within the UK. Our reputation reflects our Faculty's expertise in the study both of emerging and established areas of law.

The School is home to internationally-renowned research centres in criminology and criminal justice, governance and human rights and is a major centre for legal research across a range of subjects.

The School greatly values the contribution of its research students to scholarship and to the life of the School. Students are encouraged to participate actively in School and University seminar and training programmes. The School hosts an annual research student conference and support is available to assist with conference attendance elsewhere.


The School also offers a Juris Doctor (JD) programme, which is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate.


Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Research Strengths

The Law School provides a rich and vibrant context for legal research. The key research strengths are:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Judicial Activism
  • Jurisprudence
  • Public Policy
  • Sustainable Development/Environmental Law

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The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA


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