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Law, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #173 (QS) ,
The School of Law has over 100 years' experience of achievement in both education and research. We are ranked as a leading centre for legal research in the UK, and we offer PhD supervision across the legal field, supporting a range of approaches, from the doctrinal to the sociolegal, comparative, criminological and critical.

About

The doctoral students go to exciting careers, including law schools across the UK. Our base in Belfast gives us direct contact with the legal profession and judiciary, allowing excellent access in terms of the study of law and legal practice. Our academics are recognised experts at home and abroad.

We are committed to making doctoral students part of the life of the School of Law and the wider university. We have created a bespoke training programme for new PhDs; more advanced students can avail of separate training opportunities offered by the School and the University's Graduate School. 

The PhDs can apply for paid teaching experience from their second year; there are also opportunities to get involved in editorial work for the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, one of the UK's oldest law journals, and LawPod, a new podcasting venture hosted by the School of Law. Funding is available to support students who want to present their work at conference or expert seminars.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Associated Research:

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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  • Minimum required score:

    67

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Degree transcripts for all completed periods of study
  • Copies of your official Degree/Diploma Certificates
  • Research proposal.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


Living costs for Belfast

  • 561 - 890 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding


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