Normally applicants should hold a primary degree in law of 1st or 2.1 class (or equivalent), and have completed or be in the process of completing a Master's degree in a relevant law-related discipline. However, students with outstanding primary degrees who can demonstrate evidence of relevant research skills and potential will also be given consideration. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or equivalent.
- Identify potential supervisors
In order to ensure that students are properly supervised, we can only accept applications in fields where there exists sufficient expertise in the Law School. That said, the Law staff have a very wide range of legal specialisms. You should consult the Staff pages to identify potential supervisors for your work, then contact he/she with a short synopsis (c200 words) of your proposed research area. On the basis of this short outline, we will be able to tell you whether we have sufficient expertise in that field, and whether a fuller application is worthwhile.
- Research Proposal
Once your synopsis is approved, you should prepare a research proposal of around 2000 words. The proposal should include:
a title for the research
the research objective, research questions or key hypothesis
where you think the topic fits in relation to existing literature or what theory/theories are likely to inform this research
what contribution you think this research will make; why is this research important?
what research methods are likely to be used
what the proposed schedule is over the three year period
an indication of the literature in this area
- Formal application
You should apply via the University's online portal at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal. From there, you will be asked to upload your research proposal and name two academic referees.
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