Research at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
Legal research at Queen's has international, national and local dimensions. Though Northern Ireland has its own separate legal system and a unique relationship with the Westminster Parliament, the close similarities between much of the law of Northern Ireland and that of England and Wales make it possible to carry out research which simultaneously serves both local needs and, very importantly, contributes to national scholarship. With the recent striking globalisation and Europeanisation of Law, it is no longer possible to carry out research work which ignores the wider international context of law. Therefore, at Queen's we fully encourage and support the student who is interested in the international jurisdiction, or the international legal problem.
Queen's is committed to providing an excellent student experience (our Library, new Graduate School, etc) and the School of Law mirrors that commitment at a local level. There is an active postgraduate community within the School (we currently have over 200 postgraduate students on our taught Masters programmes, and over 60 registered on our research degrees), and the diversity of our staff and student body makes for a vibrant academic experience.
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 core areas of expertise at Queen's:
• Human Rights;
• Criminology and Criminal Justice;
• Common Law;
• Corporate Governance;
• Environmental Law and Sustainable Development;
• Public Law and Policy;
Further information on Staff expertise and research interests may be found by viewing their individual profiles on our website http://www.law.qub.ac.uk
Research programmes are available on a full-time and part-time basis (normally 3 years full-time/6 years part-time for PhD; and 2 years full-time/4 years part-time for MPhil).
The School offers a number of PhD studentships each year. Studentships are advertised on the School website, along with application details and deadlines. Please note that the funding deadlines for commencing study in September are normally in February of the same year.
How to apply
Information on entrance requirements, and details on how to apply are available at http://www.law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/StudyattheSchool/PostgraduateStudies/PostgraduateResearch/
Applicants should submit a research proposal of around 1000 words and email a sample of recently assessed work (eg Masters essay) of around 3000 words.
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.