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Postgraduate Research Admissions


Applications for the M.Litt/Ph.D register are considered by both the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) (DTLP) and also faculty members or members who may be assigned to supervise the prospective student. In essence, the application process involves two stages.

  1. The prospective student should review the Law School's guidelines on "Writing A Research Proposal For Legal Postgraduate Research At The School Of Law".  Following consultation with these guidelines, the student submit a research proposal and CV (listing all past academic performances)  to the Law School who will assess whether there is a faculty member who would be prepared or competent to supervise such proposal.
  2. If stage 1 in order, then in the second stage of the process, the student should apply online through the online application website to study on the postgraduate register. The fact that an student’s proposal has been deemed acceptable does NOT necessarily mean that the application will be successful. In considering the application, the Law School’s exclusive concern is whether the student is likely to be able to meet the standard required in order to obtain the degree sought – which will depend on various factors including (but not limited to) the student’s past academic performance, the degree for which [s]he intends to study and the topic which is being researched.


Detailed instructions relating to the online application process are available from the College's PG Admissions' website.

Students accepted for research degrees at the School of Law will have an excellent academic background and a strong research proposal. In most circumstances, successful applicants will have, as a minimum requirement, a very good Law degree although it is possible that the Law School may accept a student without a law degree onto the relevant register, where, by reason of the choice of topic for research, his or her undergraduate degree is compatible with such study.

Applicants must also have a fluent command of the English language. Further details of English language requirements can be found on the Admissions page

The decision to accept or not to accept a student’s application is exclusively with the discretion of the Law School. Any questions in respect of applications to the PG register should be submitted to the DTLP, or, where appropriate, to the member or members of faculty that the student would like to supervise his or her proposal.

No closing dates apply for applications to the M.Litt and Ph.D. Register but there are only two registration periods (September and March*). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Please note that the Law School’s preference is for research students to begin in September so that they can undertake the compulsory Postgraduate Legal Research module offered in the first semester.  Permission for entry other than in September is only permitted in exceptional circumstances. Advice on this should be sought by prospective applicants by emailing before a formal application is submitted.

International Students

Students whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English Language:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 88 - Internet based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge:
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for 2 years. 

Visa Requirements - Students from outside the European Union are advised to apply for a visa as soon as they have been offered, and have accepted a place, on the Ph.D/M.Litt programme. 

For further information on language and visa requirements, please visit the College website -

Trinity College Postgraduate Prospectus

For the Trinity College Postgraduate Prospectus and other additional information (Tuition fees, Registration etc) please visit:
Graduate Studies:
Academic Registry:
Study at Trinity:
Postgraduate Research Tuition Fees - 

Course Queries

Postgraduate Research Course Office:

Ms Kelley McCabe, School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 679 2392; Fax (Country Code + 353) (01) 677 0449; Email