PhD Study

The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at the University of Ulster aims to build a thriving research culture, and an intrinsic part of this is our PhD programme. We are particularly keen to encourage the development of the ‘next generation' of researchers, and to create an exciting and innovative culture of research in transitional legal studies.  In conjunction with the School of Law, we invite applications for research in areas of staff interest and expertise on an annual basis. Please see the university's own Faculty of Social Sciences Research Graduate School website for details of this process and opportunities for funding University of Ulster Faculty of Social Sciences Research Graduate School:     

The Transitional Justice Institute currently has a number of PhD Students/affiliates: Amaia Alvarez, Cathy Bollaert, Stephanie Chaban, Tim Cunningham, Olakunle Folami, Kevin Hearty, Jarlath Kearney, David McKeever, Sorcha McKenna, Deirdre Nelson, Azadeh Sobout and Elizabeth Super.


Research Community

The current community of research students represents a diverse range of specialisms that correspond to the wide-ranging interests of faculty members.  PhD researchers at the TJI can expect to work closely with an expert supervisor, and to play a central role in the intellectual activity of the Institute, collaborating in regular seminars and presenting work at conferences.


Entry Requirements

Research proposals for PhD applications are judged on their own merit – however, a standard and useful ‘rule of thumb' for those considering applying is a normal entry requirement of at least a 2:1 Honours degree in Law or a cognate discipline. Given the high standard of applications that we receive, it is also often the case that an appropriate Master's Degree, in particular an LLM, will be of benefit to prospective applicants.

Those considering an application should give considerable thought to the title of the area in which they wish to undertake their research, and the ways in which such research will both complement and advance the existing scholarly research in that area, making a significant and original contribution to knowledge.

Our research active staff will be pleased to hear from any prospective applicants about their research plans and to advise as to the best course of action for those seeking to join the TJI as PhD researchers.



The number we can accept for funded places is limited.  Interested applicants should also give some indication of the materials they expect to use and the research methodology that they propose to use.

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