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 The School of Law offers research programmes leading to PhD and MPhil degrees. These are granted on the basis of original research undertaken.

These degrees permit students to engage in high level legal research at Queen’s in a range of topic areas including human rights, criminology and criminal justice, governance, commercial law and arbitration. However, the School welcomes applications from well qualified candidates for study in any area of law. The School has an excellent reputation in placing PhD students in employment with many going to work in academic positions across the UK, Ireland, and internationally, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United States and Canada.

Information on research scholarships can be found here.

Further Information

The PhD and MPhil programmes are awarded on the basis of original research work. Students will study, write a thesis and then be orally examined on this by a respected academic in the field who teaches and researches at a different university. Usually PhD students are enrolled as "undifferentiated" (that is, for both PhD and MPhil) and after one year, a joint decision is made about whether the student will terminate with an MPhil or carry through to a PhD.  Students can register on a full-time or part-time basis.

What is an MPhil?

Research undertaken for an MPhil should advance the boundaries of knowledge in a discipline through research and the systematic and creative application of research techniques to complex problems.

What is a PhD?

Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge, which extends the forefront of a discipline, through original research. This requires the ability to conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding.

How do I apply for the MPhil or PhD?

Applicants should hold a first class or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and have completed or be in the process of completing a Masters, in a relevant discipline, with an average above 60%.  Alternatively, a first class honours degree in a relevant discipline and evidence of ability to conduct independent and original research.

Where relevant, applicants will need an IELTS score, within the last two years, of 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.  Equivalent English language qualifications acceptable to the University will be considered.

See our Applications Process page for full details on how to submit your application.

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