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About the Programme

The School of Law at Queen's has a long and distinguished record of achievement in both education and research. Widely seen as one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK, our expertise ranges across both doctrinal and socio-legal work, and includes fields stretching from governance, property law and intellectual property, to human rights, European law, and criminology and criminal justice.

Graduate studies, including postgraduate research, are at the forefront of Queen's vision. The £20 million investment in a new School of Law building has created excellent facilities for postgraduate researchers, with access to Queen's Graduate School just minutes away.

Register your interest and receive information on funding opportunities.


Research Information

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


Professor Therese Murphy

Professor of Law and Director of Health and Human Rights Unit

School of Law

Therese Murphy is Professor of Law and Director of the Health and Human Rights Unit at Queen's. Her work focuses on human rights law and practice, and she has particular interests in the right to science and the right to health. Awards for her work have come from a range of sources, including the Fulbright Commission and two of the UK's Research Councils. She also holds a University prize for teaching. 'We take PhDs seriously. If you do too, then consider the School of Law at Queen's.' Professor Therese Murphy


Entrance Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of Law.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


More information on postgraduate tuition fees:


Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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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