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PhD Transitional Justice Institute Ulster University



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The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) has rapidly become internationally recognised, since its inception in 2003, as a leading centre in developing the field of transitional justice – broadly, the study of law in societies emerging from authoritarian rule or conflict. The TJI supports research in transitional justice and more broadly in human rights, gender and transition, public international law and conflict resolution. TJI is led by Director Professor Rory O’Connell.

In REF 2014, Law at Ulster is ranked 4th in the UK overall. It is ranked 1st for impact with 100% of our impact rated as world leading. TJI is a law-led multidisciplinary research centre focusing on transitional justice, human rights, international law and peace and conflict.

While rooted within law, TJI actively engages in and supports multidisciplinary research. As well as legal scholars, the Institute is home to scholars with backgrounds in fields of gender studies, peace and conflict studies and political science; we work closely with colleagues in INCORE.

TJI has an active, enthusiastic and strongly multinational group of funded doctoral researchers working on topics such as memory, victim identity, and reparations in Northern Ireland; masculinities and gendered violence; civil society involvement, in transition and peacebuilding; peacebuilding prospects in the Middle East; Colombian conflict, and transitional dynamics, and equality and institutional reforms in transitions.

Each year, a limited number of competitive funded PhD scholarships are available for researchers. The Law School also encourages applications from self-funded applicants or those funded from other sources, to start in October or, possibly, at other times of year. UK PhD programmes are normally three-year, research intensive projects in which the relationship with a small team of supervisors is key.

PhD graduates are recognised by employers to hold valuable transferrable skills, as the nature of the degree trains candidates in creativity, critical inquiry, problem solving, negotiation skills, professionalism and confidence. The most recent Ulster survey of PhD graduates found that 92% had secured employment within the first year since graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2015), and while two thirds end up in the Higher Education or Research sectors, the range of skills acquired equips the remainder for employment in a wide range of contexts.

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Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£15,500.00 (15,98,349) per year

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Ulster University

Cromore Road,


Northern Ireland,

BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study. We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction. Students should have IELTS Academic - Overall grade 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. The TOEFL iBT score would be 80 with a minimum: L – 17; R – 18; S – 20; W– 17.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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