European Law and Governance, Ph.D. | University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
36 months
12575 EUR/year
6530 EUR/year
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The European Law and Governance programme of the University College Dublin is designed for students who want to develop multidisciplinary expertise on the structures and dynamics of European governance.


 European Law and Governance programme of the University College Dublin encompasses relations between the member states and institutions of the European Union, Council of Europe and other European bodies, processes of treaty negotiation and supranational law-making, issues of political economy, citizenship and human rights, foreign policy, and environmental protection, and controversies related to sovereignty and democratic legitimacy, compliance and enforcement, and lobbying and social mobilisation, among many others.


With their sophisticated multidisciplinary understanding of European law and governance, expertise in a particular substantive area, and excellent research skills, graduates of this programme will be well-positioned to pursue careers in law, policy analysis and academia.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. Individual supervisors and the Programme Director work closely with Doctoral students on their career plans. In addition, UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many big law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its Academic staff and a staff member from the careers office is in attendance at the School of Law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year.

Programme Structure

Core seminars:
  • European and International Governance
  • Law and Governance of the EU
  • Research Design
  • Methods for Qualitative Research 
  • The Global Political Economy of Europe
  • Advanced Research in Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled. 


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Thesis proposal (3-5 pages maximum) which indicates a research question and intended methodology and explains how the proposed project relates to existing scholarship in the proposed area of study (with an indicative bibliography)
  • Copies of all academic transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • C.V. or resume (two pages maximum)
  • Two academic references: Actual letters required. If sending by email they should be on headed institutional paper.
  • Evidence of English language competence, where non-native English speaking applicants have NOT obtained previous university degrees from an English-speaking country. 

Tuition Fee

To always see correct tuition fees
  • International

    12575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12575 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6530 EUR per year during 36 months.


  • Part Time: 6,530 EUR


  • Part Time: 8,420 EUR

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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