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Structure of Doctoral Programme in Law

At the EUI, we offer well-structured doctoral programmes that ensure our researchers receive the academic freedom to explore their chosen subject, with support and close supervision from our staff. 

On admission to the Department of Law, you are assigned a supervisor to offer guidance and help you develop your ideas. Throughout your time at the EUI, you will be able to participate in research activities offered across the institution. This includes the weekly seminars and the many conferences within our Department, as well as those organised by other EUI departments or the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Such events are led by faculty members and may feature high profile guest speakers, who regularly visit the EUI, meaning you learn to present and discuss your research through interaction with these experts. 

During your first, second and third years, you take courses that build your knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to present your work to your peers at regular intervals. Our researchers organise their own working groups, which allows you to discuss your ideas in a more informal setting with staff, post-doctoral scholars and fellow researchers. In addition, the EUI also offers exchanges with American and European institutions. 

In your third and fourth years, there are opportunities for you to develop the teaching and academic literacy skills that prepare you for post-doctoral and professional jobs, both within and outside of academia. 

Our culturally diverse academic community allows you to study alongside more than 900 scholars from over 60 countries. Our researchers work predominantly in English, enjoying life as part of this dynamic multi-lingual community. Teaching and doctoral supervision are core activities for our faculty so standards are high, with 89.4% of Ph.D. researchers either very satisfied or satisfied with the supervision given*.

* Supervision Assessment Survey 2014-15


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