PhD programmes/180 ECTS

PhD Programme 3 year studies - 180 ECTS

We are open for applications from                                                                 
15.2 - 1.4 for fall semester and
15.8 - 1.10 for spring semester

Overview

The objective of the Ph.D. programme is to train doctoral candidates for research and teaching careers and other positions which require in-depth scientific training and knowledge. The programme is  designed to deepen the theoretical and methodological knowledge of Ph.D. candidates in order to qualify them for independent and well-founded research in the field of law.

We are currently inviting applications in the following fields of law:

Law of the Sea and International Law. 
Please contact Dr. Bjarni Már Magnússon for further information (bjarnim@ru.is)

Tort law, insurance law and maritime law. 
Please contact Dr. Guðmundur Sigurðsson for further information (gudmundur@ru.is)

EU/EEA law.
Please contact Dr. Gunnar Thor Pétursson for further information (mailto:gudmundur@ru.is)

Constitutional law and history, comparative constitutional law and social security law. 
Please contact Dr.  Ragnhildur Helgadóttir for further information (ragnhildur@ru.is)

Property Law and Human Rights Law.

Please contact Dr. Gudrún Gauksdóttir for further information (gudrungauks@ru.is)


"Doctoral studies at Reykjavík University's School of Law provide a valuable opportunity to expand research in law. A contract with the University of Oslo gives access to doctoral courses which are among the foremost courses of their kind in the world. This increases the quality of studies and ensures that requirements of professional work and success satisfy the requirements of other internationally acclaimed universities.

It is a privilege, as a doctoral student at the School of Law, to be able to deepen one's knowledge and skills in one's field of interest and have the support and motivation of all of the skilled specialists who work at the School."

-Heiða Björg Pálmadóttir, doctoral student in law

There are 350 students and 15 permanent academic staff members at the Reykjavík University School of Law. The School was founded in 2002,and the first masters degrees were awarded in 2007. The mission of Reykjavík University is to create and disseminate information with the objective of improving competitiveness and quality of life. The University has five schools: The School of Health and Education, the School of Law, the School of Computer Science, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Business. The number of students is nearing 3000, and the University staff comprises 500 employees in 270 full-time equivalent positions.


Admission

We are open for applications from                                                                     Apply here
15.2 - 1.4 for fall semester and
15.8 - 1.10 for spring semester

The Ph.D. programme at the RU School of Law takes three years of full-time study and corresponds to 180 credits (ECTS). A doctoral candidate will stay up to six months at a foreign university during the course of studies.

Applicants shall possess a masters degree in law or a related field and must have demonstrated outstanding performance in their studies and/or work and be viewed as capable of showing initiative in the advancement of academic or professional knowledge.

Vacant positions

There are vacant positions for PhD students at Reykjavík University‘s School of Law (RU). The PhD students will carry out their research at the School of Law for 3-5 years (depending on employment percentage).   

PhD students at RU have access to doctoral courses in other Nordic countries, including access to the doctoral courses programme at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo.

Applicants should specify their wishes regarding choice of supervisor from the ranks of the permanent faculty members of the Reykjavik University School of Law, and the application and research proposal should be approved by this person.

Tuition

Information on tuition, amounts and dates.

Fields

We are currently only inviting applications in the following fields of law:

Law of the Sea and International Law. 
Please contact Dr. Bjarni Már Magnússon for further information (bjarnim@ru.is)

Tort law, insurance law and maritime law. 
Please contact Dr. Guðmundur Sigurðsson for further information: gudmundur@ru.is.

EU/EEA law.
Please contact Dr. Gunnar Thor Pétursson for further information: gunnarthor@ru.is.

Property Law and Human Rights Law.
Please contact Dr. Gudrún Gauksdóttir for further information: gudrungauks@ru.is.

Constitutional law and history, comparative constitutional law and social security law. 
Please contact Dr.  Ragnhildur Helgadóttir for further information (ragnhildur@ru.is).

Applications should be submitted in electronic form to the Reykjavík University School of Law. The application should be accompanied by official transcripts of diplomas, a curriculum vitae and list of publications, together with a draft research proposal.

Applicants should specify their wishes regarding choice of supervisor from the ranks of the permanent faculty members of the Reykjavik University School of Law, and the application and research proposal should be approved by this person.  We are currently only inviting applications in the following fields of law:

For further information please contact Gunnar Thor Pétursson, the chairman of the School of Law's Research Council, at gunnarthor@ru.is or telephone +354 599 6290

On administrative issues please contact Benedikta G. Kristjánsdóttir, Administrative Director, School of Law by calling +354-599-6265 or by email:  benediktak@ru.is


Length of study

The PhD programme constitutes the equivalent of three years of full-time study and corresponds to 180 ECTS credits. The length of study may be expected to be four years if the candidate is concurrently engaged in teaching or other work.  Each of the two PhD students admitted in the academic year of 2010-2011 has the option of the four years study programme alongside employment at the School of Law.  The employment consists of a 25% position as an external lecturer/assistant at the School of law.  The teaching duty involved amounts to the equivalent of 0,5 courses pr. academic year plus one month's worth of teaching/research assistant work.            

Ph.D students will be obliged to conduct their research at the Reykjavík University School of Law and be resident in its vicinity for 18 months during their course of study.  As a main principle, they will also be required to spend up to 6 months at a University abroad.

Collaboration with Oslo

Reykjavík University‘s School of Law and the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo entered a collaboration in April 2012 on PhD studies. This is a big step in reinforcing PhD studies in law in Iceland and strengthens the PhD studies at RU's School of Law.

The collaboration entails:

PhD students at RU have access to doctoral courses at the University of Oslo and can choose to take the whole doctoral course programme.This is important as PhD students in Iceland are few and doctoral courses are only rarely offered. This is particularly joyous as the course programme at the University of Oslo is very respected.

The universities agreed that PhD students living in Iceland but who want to study at the University of Oslo can do so from Iceland and use the facilities at RU and have one of the supervisors coming from RU. The Icelandic academic world is small and qualified supervisors are not available in all fields. RU's School of Law has the unconditional requirement that main supervisors have a doctoral degree themselves. This collaboration thus increases the number of available academic fields of PhD studies.

The collaboration also entails a memorandum of understanding concerning the School and the Faculty later signing a contract on a joint doctoral degree. This is an exciting possibility which provides students with the opportunity to engage in PhD studies at both universities under supervision from instructors in both countries.

Courses

Reykjavík University does not offer a regular program of Ph.D courses.  Instead, such courses are organised on an ad hoc basis or offered in cooperation with other Universities or academic networks.  Each student and supervisor will design the individual Ph.D course program, whether it will be at Reykjavík University, at other collaborative Universities or offered by international/Nordic academic networks.                  

For additional information on the Ph.D. Programme, please refer to the programme description. For various useful information please refer to the Reykjavík University International Office Website,  The international office can also offer some help regarding securing accommodation in Iceland for those who will be admitted into the Ph.D program.  For information on domestic taxes see http://rsk.is/international/en/overview


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