Law - Structured

Course Overview
The Structured PhD is available as a 4-year full time programme and as a 6 year part-time programme (360 ECTS).Each student must obtain 30 ECTS through structured modules having a taught or skills component over the course of the PhD. The thesis remains central to the award of the PhD. The remaining ECTS are derived from the research component.

Structured PhD modules:
Research students undertaking a Structured PhD in Law must take 30 ECT in structured modules (see Structured PhD Guidelines for details). Structured modules can be chosen from the following:

Graduate Studies modules, a list of which is available at:
Law PhD modules:

Law Research Skills 1
Law Research Skills 2
Legal Opinion or Advice

Taught LL.M modules, a list of which is available at:

LL.B modules (to a maximum of 15 ECT), a list of which is available at:

Article-Based-PhDs-Guidelines (College of Business, Public Policy and Law) for further information.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme, a candidate must normally have obtained an LL.M or other Master's degree to honours standard (or equivalent international qualification). However, at a minimum, the candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Application dates

Course Code: 1SPC1 (full-time); 1SPC2 (part-time).

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.


Structured PhD (full-time, four years)


Research Areas

Human Rights
Disability Law
Housing Law and Policy
Family Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Refugee and Immigration Law
EU Law
Commercial Law

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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