• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The PhD in Law is the highest degree offered by the Department of Law at Maynooth University. By definition, it is intended to be a qualification obtained after rigorous and original research that contributes to the state of legal scholarship. 
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Overview

Towards that end, the structured PhD programme in Law offered by Maynooth University offers a framework which facilitates independent research, whilst providing milestones for measuring progress.

Students will be equipped with methodological and analytical tools for advanced research in law through a number of taught modules across the Faculty. These will be supplemented by periodic one-on-one supervision meetings. Students will also have opportunities to actively engage in other aspects of academic writing and publishing during the course of their education. In addition, the Department of Law’s research seminar series offers a constructive forum for presenting and debating research.

Career Options

The skills acquired during the programme of doctoral study will prepare students for a wide range of careers including academia, private industry, and public service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Craft And Logics Of Social Research 
  • Professional Certificate In Postgraduate Teaching &
  • Learning: Tutors & Demonstrators
  • Personal Development And Employability Module
  • Finding Information For Your Thesis
  • Academic Writing Module
  • Legal Research Methodology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    95

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    585

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Candidates should ordinarily have a master’s degree in law. Candidates with a 1st class undergraduate degree will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Part time EU/EEA 4330 EUR/year

Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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