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.
If you are interested in applying for a postgraduate research degree or a PhD, please
- Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Fiona Donson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your prospective supervisor to discuss a potential research project.
- 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.
- Apply through UCC's application system and submit your completed Law School Research Degree Application Form.
For further details and selection criteria, see https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/research/
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 Fiona Donson (email@example.com) to discuss your options.