Course Overview

The Structured PhD is available as a 4-year full time programme and as a 6 year part-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.

Structured PhD modules:

Research students undertaking a Structured PhD in Law must take 30 ECT in structured modules (see Structured PhD Guidelines for details). Structured modules can be chosen from the following:

Law PhD modules:

Taught LL.M modules, a list of which is available at:

LL.B modules (to a maximum of 15 ECT), a list of which is available at:

Article-Based-PhDs-Guidelines (College of Business, Public Policy and Law) for further information.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (full-time, four years; part-time, six years)
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme, a candidate must normally have obtained an LL.M or other Master’s degree to honours standard (or equivalent international qualification). However, at a minimum, the candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

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

Course Outline

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Research Areas

Areas of expertise include:

Please use our online portal to help locate a supervisor in a research area. 


Funding Opportunities


Hardiman scholarships:

Researcher Profiles

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. Shane Darcy or the School of Law Administration. Candidates, proposed topic, and intended supervisor of research must be approved by the School. 

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2021/22

Extra Information

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2021/22] €3,575. p.a.

Contact Us

Structured PhD Guidelines

Dr. Ioanna Tourkochoriti or School of Law Administrator
School of Law, NUI Galway.
T +353 91 493 947 or +353 91 495 614 or



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