PhD in Legal Research or Governance Studies

European Law and Governance School

Program Description

PhD in Legal Research or Governance Studies

European Law and Governance School

The ELGS Ph.D. is a degree program lasting a minimum of 3 years which enables students to conduct independent research in the fields of Legal Research, Governance Studies, or on an interdisciplinary topic. It is supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research, as well as a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Full-time residency is not a requirement for this degree, but students may be required to attend several training sessions throughout the program which will be held at the EPLO premises in Greece. The first training session will introduce students to advanced research methods, while consecutive sessions focus on tutoring and teaching skills. Students are also expected attend classes, seminars, and lectures, as designated by their supervisors, and to be actively involved in presenting their research findings at conferences throughout Europe and the greater world. Upon completion of the program, students will deliver up to a 100,000-word thesis.

While this program encourages mobility and flexibility, students are expected to be devoted full time to their Ph.D. studies. Students that are employed should be able to demonstrate balance work and study and be able to deliver their thesis within the established period of time.

Program Benefits

The ELGS Ph.D. program is a modern program of the highest academic standard, which has been designed with flexibility and mobility in mind. Successful applicants will be assigned a supervisor, based upon their academic interests, from the renowned International Faculty Network of the ELGS.

The International Faculty Network is comprised of professors and practitioners from throughout the world, which enables students to conduct research on a wide-range of topics, in many countries and in roughly 10 languages.*

*Dependent upon the availability of a suitable supervisor

Program Content

The structure and content of the program can be found below:

Year 1

  • Students admitted as Probationary Research Students (PRS)
  • Attend 2-week orientation program in mid-October at Sounion(25 hours of classes in research methods, statistical methods, presentation preparation, public speaking)
  • Assign supervisor and devise work program
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Meetings with supervisor
  • Qualifying Test (10,000 word paper on research proposal, Title, Draft Outline)

Year 2

  • Successful students from 1st-year progress from PRS to Ph.D. status
  • 2-day training on ‘How to be a tutor’ at Sounion (optional)
  • Assist in undergraduate and postgraduate tutorials of the ELGS (for resident students)
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Attend Ph.D. Conference (Year 2 or 3)
  • Ph.D. Students submit confirmation Test

Year 3

  • Tutorship
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor
  • Attend Ph.D. Conference (Year 2 or 3)
  • Students granted leave to supplicate
  • Delivery of Thesis
  • Thesis Defense


The faculty for the Ph.D. in Legal Studies and/or Ph.D. in Governance is comprised of scholars and practitioners with notable international experience in their fields of research. Students will be matched with an appropriate supervisor by the ELGS from the list of members of the International Faculty Network and from the resident faculty of the school.

Academic Requirements

Students from all over the world may be admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the Ph.D. should have a first or second class master’s degree in law, political sciences, or in a relevant field of the social sciences. High caliber students with a background in a different field of studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.

Language Requirements

All taught elements of the program will be conducted in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:

  • TOEFL Internet based, Score of 90 or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, Grade B or above
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks

Students intending to conduct their research in a language other than English must demonstrate their level of the relevant language skills.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 years
Full time
13,800 EUR
Greece - Athens, Central Athens
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