PhD studies at the Faculty of Law
The doctoral studies lead to the achivement of the highest academic degree. At the Faculty of Law, the PhD studies aim to train jurists to become highly skilled, capable of contributing to the development of the science of law.
The PhD programme promotes the development and deepening of thought and juridical analysis, being open to interdisciplinary approach.
With excellent educational opportunities, the Faculty of Law is a reliable partner of the Romanian legal system and aims to actively collaborate with the faculties of law and legal institutions of the European Union.
Short description of the programme
Domains. The Faculty of Law organizes PhD studies in the following fields of Law:
1. Criminal Law – Doctoral supervisor Professor dr. Tudorel TOADER
2. Comparative Private Law - Doctoral supervisor, Professor dr. Valeriu M. CIUCĂ
3. International Trade Law - Doctoral supervisor, Professor dr. Carmen Tamara UNGUREANU
Form of education. The doctoral studies are organized in the form of full-time studiesor distance learning studies, with funding from the state budget (subject to availability) or by paying tuition fees.
Date of admission. The admission to doctoral studies takes place every year in September, subject to availability of each doctoral supervisor.
Who can apply for the admission exam.In order to apply for a PhD programme at the Faculty of Law, the candidates must hold a Master's degree or an equivalent qualification.
Admission procedure. The quality ofPhD student is acquired by competition. The same admission criteria are required for both Romanian and international candidates. The admission consists in passing a written exam (with a bibliography established and published on the website of the DoctoralSchool) and an interview. Under the enforceable law the minimum grade for admission is 8.
Duration. The Doctoral Degree Programme has a duration of 3 years. It may be extended only on the grounds expressly provided for in the organization regulations of the doctoral studies.
Language of studies. The PhD programme is conducted in Romanian. International applicants must enrol in a preparatory year for learning the Romanian language or submit documents attesting at least four consecutive years of studies in the Romanian language or submit a certificate of proficiency in Romanian.
The Programme of doctoral studies. The doctoral degree programme comprises a training program based on advanced university studies (TPAS) and a scientific research program (SRP). TPAS consists in completing a 30 ECTS credits educational component. SRP is based on an individual plan developed by the doctoral supervisor, supported by a guidance commission. The guidance commission consists of three other professors.
The PhD student’s research activity is evaluated in SRP on basis of four research reports presented to the doctoral supervisor and the guidance commission:
- A report during the first year, after the completion of TPAS, in form of a project that should contain a broad outline of the future thesis, study objectives, research methodology.
- Two reports in the second or third year of the PhD studies; each doctoral supervisor decides on the content and the form of these reports.
- The submission of the thesisto the doctoral supervisor and the guidance commissionfor analysis in order to obtain consent for the public presentation of the thesis (the final report).
Completion of the PhD studies. The doctoral Degree Programme ends with a thesis. The candidate presents publicly his/her doctoral thesis before a Commission of specialists, consisting of at least 5 members. If all requirements are met, the Commission proposes to award the candidate the doctoral degree. After the thesis validation by theMinistry of Education and Scientific Research, the PhD title is awarded through an order of the Minister of Education.
● The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Law offers PhD students the possibility to publish the results of their research in the Annals of "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University, the Juridical Sciences series, apublication indexed in international databases (HeinonLine and CEEOL).
● At the Faculty of Law function the Circle of Criminal Sciences, the Circle of Civil Procedural Law „Eugen Herovanu”, the Circle of Public International Law, the Robertianum Center in which operate the Circle of Legal Hermeneutics „The School of Organic Law", the Circle of European Civil Law "Dimitrie Alexandresco", the Circle of European Social Law "Europae Caritas", the Workshop of Intellectual Creations "Insignis”, as means for strengthening academic research and debate.
● The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Law has partnerships with 25 Faculties of Law in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Finland, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic, where PhD students benefit from Erasmus mobilities.
● The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Criminal Sciences in Bordeaux, France, organizes, annually, the International Francophone Conference for PhD students in criminal law.
● The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Law encourages doctoral programmes with joint supervision (cotutelle) through interdisciplinary collaboration with other Doctoral Schools from the same university and from abroad.