Overview

The School of Law at Queen's has a long and distinguished record of achievement in both education and research. Widely seen as one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK, our expertise ranges across both doctrinal and socio-legal work, and includes fields stretching from governance, property law and intellectual property, to human rights, European law, and criminology and criminal justice.

Graduate studies, including postgraduate research, are at the forefront of Queen's vision. The £20 million investment in a new School of Law building has created excellent facilities for postgraduate researchers, with access to Queen's Graduate School just minutes away.

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Programme Details

Research information

Associated Research
Corporate Governance
Criminal Justice
Criminology
Governance
Human Rights
Judicial Activism
Jurisprudence
Public Policy
Sustainable Development/Environmental Law

Career Prospects

Introduction
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.

For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on ahssdevoffice@qub.ac.uk / +44 28 9097 5175

Development Officers Cathy Wilson and Aileen Carson will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.
https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/

People teaching you

Professor Therese Murphy
Professor of Law and Director of Health and Human Rights Unit
School of Law
Therese Murphy is Professor of Law and Director of the Health and Human Rights Unit at Queen's. Her work focuses on human rights law and practice, and she has particular interests in the right to science and the right to health. Awards for her work have come from a range of sources, including the Fulbright Commission and two of the UK's Research Councils. She also holds a University prize for teaching. 'We take PhDs seriously. If you do too, then consider the School of Law at Queen's.' Professor Therese Murphy t.murphy@qub.ac.uk

Course structure

A PhD is awarded for original research in a topic chosen by the student. PhD studies may be undertaken on a full (3 years) or part-time (6 years) basis.

Research students are appointed a primary and secondary supervisor who will guide them through their research.

'The expertise of the faculty is second to none and they are always engaging and receptive.'

Andrew Godden
PhD Candidate, Northern Ireland

This independent research is complemented by programmes of training, provided both by the School of Law and by Queen's Graduate School, which is housed in a beautiful converted building just minutes from the entrance to the new 20 million-pound School of Law building.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of Law.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, 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.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: 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.

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Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,260
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,260
Other (non-UK) EU £4,260
International £15,855

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Law costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?

PhD Funded Opportunities

Find PhD funding opportunities and studentships by subject area.
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Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.
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New UK PhD loans

The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2018. Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
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International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Postgraduate-research/find-phd-supervisor

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.


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Queen's University Belfast
27-30 University Square
Belfast
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