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 Professor Eugene McNamee.
Research in the School reflects a strong commitment to socio-legal and multidisciplinary approaches. The School's ethos is that research needs to addressing societal challenges at the local, national and international level. Individual staff members have research expertise in multiple topic areas, ranging methodologically from the highly abstract to empirical studies and doctrinal analysis.
It welcomes applications for post-graduate study by research in a wide range of areas including law and social justice (including access to justice, social security law, welfare reform, etc), law and innovation (including law and technology, intellectual property, trademarks, privacy in the digital age, etc), public law and legal theory, human rights, international law and transitional justice.
The Ulster University Law Clinic supports research in social security, employment law and access to justice:https://www.ulster.ac.uk/lawclinic/home
Research on innovation in legal services and access to justice is led by the Ulster University Legal Innovation Centre:https://www.ulster.ac.uk/legalinnovation/home
The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) is internationally recognised as a leading academic centre in developing the study of law in societies emerging from conflict and repression: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/research/institutes/transitional-justice-institute.
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.
As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.
Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.