Juris Doctor (JD)

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

3 year(s)

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences



* 3 years full-time


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The Juris Doctor (JD) programme is a Professional Doctorate, which is a partly taught and partly research-based doctoral programme and is designed to provide our students with a world-class legal education, preparing them for the global and international environments in which they will be providing legal advice.

This three-year programme delivers a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) to graduates from a discipline other than Law which will provide them with the necessary professional exemptions to allow them to apply for the professional stage in England and Wales and those further jurisdictions which allow for application on the basis on an English Law degree (eg North America and elsewhere).


Why Queen's?

Students have the opportunity to apply to study at another university, from a selection of international study abroad partners with which the Queen's Law School has an agreement, during the first semester of their third year.

Students holding a Tier 4 Student Visa will be eligible to apply for the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme in order to remain in the UK for one year after completing their studies.



Course Details

The JD is taught at Doctoral level and includes multiple research-focused activities. In addition to the compulsory taught modules, students are required to complete a research portfolio and a dissertation. The JD is taught via intensive, small-group teaching, with each student expected to participate fully in each module. Other forms of delivery will occasionally be used, including seminar questions prepared in advance of the class, group and independent work in class, and short lectures to aid students' understanding and knowledge of the subject matter.

Modules include:

Year 1

  • Contract Law
  • Legal Methods and Skills
  • Property Law
  • Tort Law

Year 2

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Law
  • Research Design
  • Research Methodologies

Year 3

  • Dissertation (30,000 words)

In addition, students choose taught modules from the wide selection of existing postgraduate modules in the School.

Assessment & Feedback

Modules are assessed via written assignments and these may be in the form of a term paper, case comment, research essay, reflective portfolio, journal articles, or drafting/interpretation exercise. Oral performance in the seminars may also be assessed by way of an individual presentation in class along with a viva in the third year.

Learning and Teaching

The JD is taught via intensive, small-group teaching, with each student expected to participate fully in each module. Other forms of delivery will occasionally be used, including seminar questions prepared in advance of the class, group and independent work in class, and short lectures to aid students' understanding and knowledge of the subject matter.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Ms Heather Kinning
School of Law
Tel: 9097 3458
Email: JD-enquiries@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.law.qub.ac.uk

How To Apply

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The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

Graduates will hold a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which provides the necessary professional exemptions to allow holders to apply for the professional stage in several jurisdictions.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

The School offers several merit-based JD scholarships. There will also be merit-based competitions for further discounts in Years 2 and 3.

Please see the School website for more information.

Tuition Fees - £15,000


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