Law (PhD, LLM, full-time and part-time)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law,
School of Law

Course overview

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who wish to proceed to the degree of PhD or LLM by research (major thesis) in any of the main research areas of full-time permanent academic members of staff of the Faculty. Candidates are advised to contact the relevant staff member before applying in order to discuss their proposed topic or area of research. 

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.  The PhD by research may be pursued under the on a full time basis and the LL.M by research may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Programmes available

PhD (Law), full-time
PhD (Law), part-time
LLM (Research), full-time
LLM (Research), part-time

Areas of interest

  • Human Rights
  • Disability Law
  • Housing Law and Policy
  • Law of Sea
  • Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Refugee and Immigration Law
  • EU Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Jurisprudence

Researcher profiles

Find out more about our current PhD students at the School of Law, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disabilty Law and Policy.

Contact Us

Dr. Ciara Smyth or School of Law Administration
School of Law,
NUI Galway.
T + 353 91 492937 or +353 91 495614
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PAC code

PhD (full-time), GYK00
PhD (part-time), GYK01
LLM (full-time), GYK02
LLM (part-time), GYK03

Current project

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Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.

How to Apply