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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who wish to proceed to the degree of PhD or LLM by research (major thesis) in any of the main research areas of full-time permanent academic members of staff of the Faculty. Candidates are advised to contact the relevant staff member before applying in order to discuss their proposed topic or area of research.

Candidates who are unsure who to contact in relation to supervision, or who wish to obtain more information, should review the current relevant staff listing or contact Dr. Ciara Smyth or the School of Law Administration.

Candidates, proposed topic, and intended supervisor of research must be approved by the School. The PhD by research may be pursued under the on a full time basis and the LL.M by research may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Applicants are required to submit an outline proposal, 750-1,000 words in length, explaining their intended research area and methodology. A preliminary bibliography related to the proposed research is required in addition to the outline proposal. Also, please include two (2) references to support your application.

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.

To be eligible to enrol for the LLM, a candidate must have obtained a high honours standard at primary degree level, normally Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification, or present such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of their fitness for the programme.


PhD (full-time), GYK00
PhD (part-time), GYK01
LLM (full-time), GYK02
LLM (part-time), GYK03

Further enquiries

Dr. Ciara Smyth or School of Law Administration
School of Law,
NUI Galway.
T + 353 91 492937 or +353 91 495614
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Research areas

Areas of interest
Human Rights
Disability Law
Housing Law and Policy
Law of Sea
Family Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Refugee and Immigration Law
EU Law
Commercial Law

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