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School Description:

Trinity College Law School, founded in 1740, is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally renowned Law School. It has a distinguished team of professors and lecturers and, with the most academically demanding undergraduate admission requirements of any law school in the Republic of Ireland, a student population of over 510 undergraduates and approximately 200 postgraduates of the highest calibre.

The Law School is strongly committed to maintaining and further developing its reputation for rigorous legal scholarship and research, both in a national and international context. In summary it seeks to serve society through education, research and public service and to promote standards of excellence in all its activities. Many staff and student members are heavily involved with the governmental, commercial and voluntary sectors both nationally and internationally, in areas such as children’s rights, constitutional law reform, environmental policy, legal aid, law reform, minority rights, public interest and pro bono litigation, social welfare policy and women’s rights.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:

•at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country

•a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees

All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor’s role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Head of School: Dr Oran Doyle
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Dr Liz Heffernan

Telephone: + 353-1-679 2392
Fax: +353-1-677 0449
Email: law.postgradute@tcd.ie

Application date

Research Applications

No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Research areas

Research Programmes

The Law School offers two postgraduate research degrees, the Master in Letters (M. Litt.) and the Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D). It currently has around 70 students registered for M.Litt./Ph.D. degrees who are engaged in research across a wide range of law subjects. Each student is guided in his or her research by a supervisor who has expertise in the relevant research area. It is required that students should complete an M.Litt. in two years and a Ph.D. in four years. Students intending to complete a Ph.D. thesis may apply for admission directly to the Ph.D. register, but must be confirmed on the register following a confirmation hearing and submission of a confirmation report typically in their second year on the register. Alternatively a student who is admitted onto the M.Litt. register may apply (typically in the second year of study) to be transferred to the Ph.D. register and may be transferred on foot of such application following a transfer hearing and submission of a transfer report.

Students commencing the M. Litt or Ph.D. programme must complete a 10 ECTS taught module on Postgraduate Legal Research in the first semester of their studies. A series of seminars for postgraduate research students is organised each semester to enhance students academic and social experience at the Law School. The seminars cover a range of topics relating to research and scholarship and also provide a forum for students to present and discuss their work.

Applications may also be made by graduates of the University of Dublin of not less than eight years standing for the degree of Doctor in Laws (LL.D.). This degree may be awarded to candidates who are judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge as evidenced by the publication of their work of high academic distinction. The level of attainment required for such a higher doctorate is substantially higher than that required for the degree of Ph.D.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Full-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Full-Time)

September 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Full-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Full-Time)

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