The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UNSW Law prepares you for a career in advanced research, tertiary teaching, policy development in government, NGOs and inter-governmental agencies and professional leadership in legal practice and industry. You will enjoy a collegiate and dynamic research culture in an internationally renowned faculty where you will conduct a research project that makes a substantial and original contribution to knowledge.  

Degree Details
Degree Code
Maximum 4 years full time or 8 years part time
Scholarships Available
Entry Requirements

Recognised Master’s degree (including a substantial research component) with a minimum distinction average (75%), or a recognised four-year Bachelor degree with Honours Class II, Division (I) that includes a substantial research component, or the equivalent.

Program structure

The PhD requires a minimum of three and a maximum of four years full-time study and submission of a thesis, usually not exceeding 100,000 words. You will be supervised by experts in your chosen area, who will help you develop insights and your critical research skills in a supportive and stimulating environment. Compulsory courses include research ethics, research methods and data management. Ongoing enrolment requires confirmation of candidature between 9 to 12 months full-time equivalent. Confirmed candidates will then have annual progress reviews.

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