Law - Research

Students will be equipped with methodological and analytical tools for advanced research in law through a number of taught modules across the Faculty of Social Sciences. These are supplemented by periodic one-on-one supervision meetings. Students are also given opportunities to actively engage in other aspects of academic writing and publishing during the course of their education. In addition, the Department of Law's Research Seminar Series offers a constructive forum for presenting and debating research.

Entry requirements

Candidates with a 1st class honours undergraduate degree will be considered in exceptional circumstances. For international students whose first language is not English, an English exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is also required.

Potential candidates should:

a) Identify a member of staff as a potential supervisor, and discuss their area of interest.

b) Submit a research proposal and CV to the proposed supervisor. After receiving provisional approval, a formal application may be made.


MH02J PhD 4 years Full-time
MH03J PhD 6 years Part-time
MH04J MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time
MH05J MLitt by Research 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates can work in a variety of fields, including academia, public policy research positions with governmental and non-governmental organisations, and legal institutions.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Brian Flanagan
Tel; +353 1 708 4774


At Maynooth Law, we equip students with the core attributes required of the legal graduate, developing students' problem-solving, advocacy and legal writing skills. We offer critical insights from a range of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics and sociology. Students will be exposed to the operation of the law in practice, through engagement with legal firms, public and private sector organisations and community and voluntary groups.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Staff members' research is broadly in the areas of
employment law, family law, EU law, public international law, including human rights and armed conflict, constitutional law, property law, criminal law and legal theory.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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