Structured PhD (Law)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law,
School of Law

Course overview

The Structured PhD is a 4-year full time programme (360 ECTS). Each student must obtain 30 ECTS through structured modules having a taught or skills component over the course of the PhD. The thesis remains central to the award of the PhD. The remaining ECTS are derived from the research component.

 The School of Law and its specialised research centres, notably, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, offers a number of in-house modules specifically tailored to PhD students as part of the Structured PhD Programme.  In addition, the full suite of modules from our various Master’s programmes is available to PhD students as part of the Structured PhD programme.  If you are interested in taking one of these modules, you should discuss the relevance of the module to your research with your supervisor and also check with the module owner to ensure that the module is being run in the particular year and that there is space for you.  You must register for any modules you take as part of the Structured Programme.  Modules are assessed in the usual way for the assessment of that course (usually by essay) and the results are presented at your annual Graduate Research Committee meeting.

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Programmes available

Structured PhD (full-time, four years)

Areas of interest

  • Human Rights 
  • Disability Law
  • Housing Law and Policy
  • Law of Sea
  • Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Refugee and Immigration Law
  • EU Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Jurisprudence


Exchange Opportunities



Funding Opportunities


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Researcher profiles

Candidates who are unsure who to contact in relation to supervision, or who wish to obtain more information, should review the current relevant staff listing or contact Dr. Ciara Smyth or the School of Law Administration. Candidates, proposed topic, and intended supervisor of research must be approved by the School. 

Contact Us

Dr. Ciara Smyth or School of Law Administrator
School of Law,
NUI Galway.

T + 353 91 492937 or +353 91 495614

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Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.


Current Students

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