Course Overview

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who wish to proceed to the degree of PhD or LLM by research (major thesis) in any of the main research areas of full-time permanent academic members of staff of the Faculty. Candidates are advised to contact the relevant staff member before applying in order to discuss their proposed topic or area of research. 

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. Shane Darcy or the School of Law Administration.

Candidates, proposed topic, and intended supervisor of research must be approved by the School.  The PhD by research may be pursued under the on a full time basis and the LL.M by research may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Programmes Available

PhD (Law), full-time
PhD (Law), part-time
LLM (Research), full-time
LLM (Research), part-time

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme, a candidate must normally have obtained an LLM or other Master’s degree to honours standard (or equivalent international qualification).  However, at a minimum, the candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

To be eligible to enrol for the LLM, a candidate must have obtained a high honours standard at primary degree level, normally Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent international qualification, or present such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of their fitness for the programme.


Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

from the School of Law

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

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

Researcher Profiles

Find out more about our current PhD students at the School of Law, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disabilty Law and Policy.

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,166 (tuition €5,026 + student levy €140) p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€14,166 p.a. 2022/23

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €3,491 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2022/23

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy €140.

Contact Us

Dr. Ioanna Tourkochoriti or School of Law Administration
School of Law,
NUI Galway.
T + 353 91 493 947 or +353 91 495 614
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  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)