PhD and Research Programmes

UCC School of Law hosts Ireland’s most successful graduate research programme in Law. Researchers are provided with an unparalleled experience within a well-established and vibrant community of over 40 graduate researchers, with easy access to experienced supervisors who are internationally recognised experts in their fields and a suite of tailored supports, facilities and activities.

In September 2021, nine of our PhD candidates recorded a special podcast episode showcasing their research. The breadth of scholarship across so many legal areas – from family law to company law, gambling regulation to the environment – is indicative of the high-quality research undertaken in the School.

You can listen to this podcast episode below:


Over €3.25 million in external research funding for PhDs

PhD researchers in the School of Law have secured over €3 million in external research funding over the last 15 years.

Publications in prestigious journals.

Graduate researchers in the School have generated multiple research monographs and appeared in such journals as the Modern Law Review, Public Law, Social and Legal Studies and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

Our research graduates are academic staff in 20 law schools in five countries.

Graduates from the research programmes have an exceptional record in quickly transitioning to high-quality employment in academia, research and advocacy, and the legal profession. For instance, over 40 of our graduates are currently employed on the academic staff of over 20 Law Schools in five countries.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a postgraduate research degree or a PhD, please

  1. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Aoife Daly ( or your prospective supervisor to discuss a potential research project.
  2. Fill out the Law School Research Degree Application Form available to download here: UCC School of Law Research Programme Application Form  You will need to provide details of your proposed project, as well as its methodology and a research plan.
  3. Apply through UCC's application system and submit your completed Law School Research Degree Application Form.

For further details and selection criteria, see Study Research | University College Cork ( 


Many of our graduates are in receipt of prestigious scholarship awards. As well as internal funding opportunities, the School supports graduate researchers in applying to the Irish Research Council (IRC) for fully-funded research scholarships. The IRC normally has a closing date for these applications in November of each year. If you are interested in applying for IRC funding ahead of formally registering as a graduate researcher at UCC, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Aoife Daly ( to discuss your options. 


Funded PhD Scholarship 2023 - 2024

The School of Law at University College Cork invites applications for a funded PhD scholarship (EU fees plus €19,000 stipend, tenable for up to four years). Candidates commencing their full-time studies in September 2023 or later are eligible to be considered for the award of this scholarship. Candidates are required to apply for alternative funding sources (e.g. IRC funding) in their first year. The closing date for applications is on or before 5p.m. (Irish time) Friday, 16th June 2023.  

More details including application form here

Contact Information

  • Administrative queries (e.g. queries about the application form, fees etc):
  • Academic queries (e.g. about your proposed research idea, potential supervision etc): Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Aoife Daly (
  • List of potential supervisors: People

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