The Future of Prosecution in Europe

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 03.07.2015



The Criminal Justice Centre (CRC) Research Group, part of the Department of Law, is offering PhD funding to a doctoral student to examine the reconfiguration of the relationship between EU Member States and the European Union in the field of criminal investigation and prosecution in view of the current proposals on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The project should analyse the implications of the establishment of the EPPO for national legal diversity and the relationship between the EPPO and related European Union bodies and agencies including OLAF, Europol and Eurojust.

Applicants are expected to submit a standard research proposal – this proposal should demonstrate an understanding of the wider field of law that informs this research work, and where the research question is located within this, while also providing details as to what methodological approach the applicant will use to investigate the research question.

About the award -

• The award is for full time postgraduate PhD research students only;
• The award will cover all tuition fees whether at the Home/EU rate or the overseas rate, so is open to both UK and overseas applicants. The recipient will also receive an annual maintenance grant.
• Applicants should be aware that the School of Law PhD programme has various entrance requirements which applicants are expected to meet, including academic performance requirements relating to previously taken taught postgraduate degrees in a law or law-related subject.
• The award is for new applicants looking to enrol in September 2015. Given that most LLM (and some MA) courses in the UK end with graduation in November (and that, as mentioned, entry on to the PhD programme is dependent upon the applicant obtaining a certain grade on their LLM/MA course so as to meet the PhD programme’s academic entry requirements), so this means current UK LLM students (or students on any course with graduation after September 2015) are not eligible to be considered.
• Also, therefore, existing PhD students who have already enrolled prior to September are not eligible to apply for the award.

Deadline -

The deadline for this School of Law Studentship award is Friday 3rd July 2015

You must have completed both the main PhD application process, including the submission of all required supporting documentation, by this date, in order to be considered.

Further information -

Any informal inquiries about the research proposal and topic area of the Studentship can be directed to Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas:

If you have any queries relating to the funding (or PhD) application process, please e-mail the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan, at

For information on how to make an application to the School of Law PhD programme, about the entry requirements, and what supporting documentation is required, please see our web-page:

For more information on the research topic and about applying for the award, please see our web-page:


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