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 world-wide (QS World University Rankings 2016/17) and our international reputation is enhanced by the work of our prominent leading academics. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) we are ranked in the top 20 in the UK and 9th in the UK or Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
The Law School has recently moved into our new £20 million purpose-built building on the main campus. 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 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/Study/PostgraduateResearch/apply/
Applicants should submit a research proposal of around 1000 words in the application portal and email a sample of recently assessed work (eg Masters essay) of around 3000 words directly to the School.
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.