48 months
12575 EUR/year
6530 EUR/year
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Coming to the Law program of the University College Dublin creates the possibility of expert supervision by leading researchers in a wide variety of fields.


The Law program of the University College Dublin has the largest group of academic lawyers in Ireland and leading researchers of high international standing across many of the main fields of law including European Union law, commercial law, criminology, criminal justice and criminal law, regulatory studies, constitutional law and governance, human rights, administrative law, employment law, environmental law, intellectual property law, WTO law, legal history, agricultural law and private law.


The aims of the PhD programmes offered by the School of Law in UCD are:
  • that candidates will conceive, design and give effect to a substantial and innovative piece of research which will expand the frontiers of knowledge. This is done by developing of a substantial body of work (leading to publication of a monograph or a series of academic articles);
  • that candidates will be able to evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
  • that candidates will become effective communicators orally and through writing;
  • that candidates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their chosen field of legal study. They will develop advanced conceptual frameworks and provide systemic understanding of the problems they identify; and
  • that candidates will be able to promote intellectual, social and cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society.


Apart from being the highest level of academic achievement, obtaining a PhD is now regarded as an essential feature in the curriculum vitae of anyone aspiring to a career in academia. Many graduates of UCD Law School's PhD Programme are now themselves academics either in or outside Ireland. Graduates in recent years from UCD Law School's PhD programme have been appointed to academic positions in HEC Paris, the Queen's University Belfast, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, University College Dublin, the University of Maynooth, Dublin City University and NUI Galway, among other institutions and universities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Research in Law
  • International Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a statement of the research question the candidate proposes to examine;
  • an outline of the proposed methodology (in other words, an outline of how the applicant proposes to go about their research); and
  • a short literature review. (The idea of this is to place the research within the current state of knowledge in the field in question. It should include a short, indicative, bibliography of works in the field)
  • Applications are invited from graduates with a degree (normally of a first class or very high 2.1 standard or equivalent). The degree should either (a)  in law or (b) in an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component.  Holding a masters degree  in law will normally enhance considerably an applicant's chances of acceptance on one of our PhD programmes.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12575 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6530 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6530 EUR per year during 48 months.


  • Part Time: 4,315 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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