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Law - Structured

Course Overview

The Structured PhD is a 4-year full 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.

The School of Law and its specialised research centres, notably, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, offers a number of in-house modules specifically tailored to PhD students as part of the Structured PhD Programme. In addition, the full suite of modules from our various Master's programmes is available to PhD students as part of the Structured PhD programme. If you are interested in taking one of these modules, you should discuss the relevance of the module to your research with your supervisor and also check with the module owner to ensure that the module is being run in the particular year and that there is space for you. You must register for any modules you take as part of the Structured Programme. Modules are assessed in the usual way for the assessment of that course (usually by essay) and the results are presented at your annual Graduate Research Committee meeting.

Find out more:

Module Descriptors LL.M (Module descriptors for the LL.M modules offered as part of the structured PhD programm)

Structured PhD Guidelines (College of Business, Public Policy and Law)

Article-Based PhDs Guidelines (College of Business, Public Policy and Law)

New Law PhD modules Law Research Skills 1

Law Research Skills 2

Legal Opinion or Advice

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.


Structured PhD (full-time, four years)

Further enquiries

Dr. Shane Darcy or School of Law Administrator

School of Law, NUI Galway.

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

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Application date

Course Code: 1SPC1

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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