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Law - Research

Course overview

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.

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.


Course Code: PhD (full-time), 1PL1; PhD (part-time), 1PL2 LLM (full-time), 1MLR1; LLM (part-time), 1MLR2

PhD (Law), full-time

PhD (Law), part-time

LLM (Research), full-time

LLM (Research), part-time

Further enquiries

Dr. Shane Darcy or School of Law Administration

School of Law,

NUI Galway.

T + 353 91 493 947 or +353 91 495 614

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Application date

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

Research areas

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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