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Law at Queen's: Postgraduate Research Opportunities

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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Research at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
Law has been taught at Queen's University Belfast for over 150 years and we are proud of our long tradition of delivering first-class legal education in stunning surroundings. Law is ranked in the top 150 Law Schools worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018) and our international reputation is enhanced by the work of our prominent leading academics. We are ranked joint 8th in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and in the top 125 subject rankings 2019 for Law (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).

The Law School is housed in a £20 million purpose-built building on the main campus in the Queen's Quarter of Belfast, which is close to both the city centre and Belfast's two airports. This new building, along with the award-winning McClay Library, the stunning Lanyon building and Graduate School, and our impressive postgraduate accommodation make for a first-class learning environment.

PhD / MPhil degrees

Applications are invited for PhD / MPhil degrees which are awarded on the basis of original, independent research. Proposals are welcomed in any field of study within law, but are especially encouraged in the following areas of expertise at QUB Law:
• Human Rights
• Transitional Justice
• Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice
• Common Law
• Corporate Governance
• Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
• Law and Technology
• Public Law and Policy

Further information on our expertise and interests may be found by viewing our individual profiles on QUB Law's website:

Our research programmes are available on a full-time and part-time basis (normally 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time for a PhD; and 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time for an MPhil).

Funding Opportunities

Each year the School participates in two UK Research Council competitions: AHRC Northern Bridge and ESRC NINE. These and other funding opportunities (including international scholarships) are advertised on QUB's website,, with closing dates typically ranging between early January and mid-February for studies commencing in October.

How to apply

Information on entrance requirements, and details on how to apply are available at:  
Applicants must submit a research proposal of 1,500 words max via QUB's application portal, along with other required documentation (eg, names of two referees, application form, transcripts of prior qualifications). The proposal must address: (i) 'what' (what is the research question that will be addressed), (ii) 'why' (why should this question be addressed; how will it augment scholarship in the area), and (iii) 'how' (what methodology and method(s) will be adopted to address the question).

Further information

School of Law
Queen's University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)2890975122

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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How good is research at Queen’s University Belfast in Law?

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