The Law School, rated 4th in the UK for research in Law REF 2014 and first for impact in Law, is committed to developing its research profile and environment. The Head of School is Dr Eugene McNamee.
The School espouses a commitment to socio-legal and multidisciplinary studies as well as supporting doctrinal research. It welcomes applications for post-graduate study by research in a wide range of areas including commercial law, intellectual property law, law and media, internet law and policy, legal technology, socio-legal studies, access to justice, social security, employment, legal innovation, administrative justice and judicial review.
The School and Institute provide an extremely supportive environment for post-graduate students in terms of supervision, methodological training, some financial support for conference attendance/ fieldwork etc., and financial support for post-graduate led research initiatives.
Each year, a limited number of funded PhD scholarships are available for law students. The School also encourages applications from self-funded students or students funded from other sources. UK PhD programmes are normally three-year, research intensive projects in which the relationship with a small team of supervisors is key. All prospective students are therefore encouraged to contact a staff member with relevant expertise in the area of the proposed course of research for advice on honing the academic content of their application. For details on the practicalities of the application process, student support, funding opportunities, research expertise of staff members, and suggested PhD projects, see the Law section of the Research Graduate School (Faculty of Social Sciences) website: socsci.ulster.ac.uk./gradschool/ .