Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Law (Structured PhD)
The Structured PhD is a 4-year full time programme (360 ECTS). Each student must obtain 30 ECTS through structured modules having a taught or skills component over the course of the PhD. The thesis remains central to the award of the PhD. The remaining ECTS are derived from the research component.
The School of Law and its specialised research centres, notably, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, offers a number of in-house modules specifically tailored to PhD students as part of the Structured PhD Programme. In addition, the full suite of modules from our various Master’s programmes is available to PhD students as part of the Structured PhD programme. If you are interested in taking one of these modules, you should discuss the relevance of the module to your research with your supervisor and also check with the module owner to ensure that the module is being run in the particular year and that there is space for you. You must register for any modules you take as part of the Structured Programme. Modules are assessed in the usual way for the assessment of that course (usually by essay) and the results are presented at your annual Graduate Research Committee meeting.
Find out more:
- Module Descriptors LL.M (Module descriptors for the LL.M modules offered as part of the structured PhD programm)
- Structured PhD Guidelines (College of Business, Public Policy and Law)
- Article-Based PhDs Guidelines (College of Business, Public Policy and Law)
- New Law PhD modules
Who’s Suited to This Course
Current research projects
Current funded research opportunity
Related Student Organisations
Find a Supervisor / PhD Project
If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search
- Human Rights
- Disability Law
- Housing Law and Policy
- Law of Sea
- Family Law
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Refugee and Immigration Law
- EU Law
- Commercial Law
Hardiman scholarships: http://www.nuigalway.ie/hardiman-scholarships/
Candidates who are unsure who to contact in relation to supervision, or who wish to obtain more information, should review the current relevant staff listing or contact Dr. Ciara Smyth or the School of Law Administration. Candidates, proposed topic, and intended supervisor of research must be approved by the School.