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 PhD 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 PhD candidates in order to qualify them for independent and well-founded research in the field of law.

The PhD students will carry out their research at the RU 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. A doctoral candidate will generally stay up to six months at a another university during the course of studies.

Admission

The PhD programme at the RU School of Law takes three years of full-time study and corresponds to 180 credits (ECTS).

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.

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:

  • International law
  • Tort law, insurance law and maritime law
  • Constitutional law and history, comparative constitutional law and social security law
  • Property law and human rights law
  • EEA/EU law

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.  

For further information please contact Eirikur Elis Thorlaksson, the chairman of the School of Law's Research Council, at eirikureth@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.            

PhD 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.

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 programme of PhD 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 PhD course programme, whether it will be at Reykjavík University, at other collaborative Universities or offered by international/Nordic academic networks.                  

For additional information on the PhD programme, please refer to the programme description.


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