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Course: Doctor of Philosophy in Law (941AA)

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Award: Doctor of Philosophy
Course Level: 02
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
CRICOS Code: 061441C
Offered Locations and Delivery Modes:

  • UC Bruce Campus
    • Full Time, Face-to-Face -
    • Part Time, Face-to-Face -


The Doctor of Philosophy program in Law is designed to promote original research at doctoral level in the field of law. This program is open to graduates with first or upper second class Honours, or a Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications (see Admission Requirements below), who can demonstrate advanced research capability and the ability to undertake original research. The Faculty of Law has research expertise and capacity in the following areas: corporate law, commercial and business law, corporate governance, taxation law, courts and technology, family law and related areas.

The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy (Law) course are to enable students to enhance their research capacities through:
a. development of research, writing and analysis skills which enable students to undertake research constituting an original and significant contribution to the relevant literature;
b. preparation of a substantial research thesis which makes a significant contribution to knowledge and/or application of knowledge in the field of law.

Course Requirements

The PhD program is completed by research and thesis only. Students enrol in the 72 credit point unit 7872 Doctoral Thesis in Law R (72cp).

In addition to enrolment in the unit, students are required to attend relevant school and division research seminars and related academic activities during candidature. Students are also required to complete a Research Education Program that will enable them to acquire the generic skills and attributes identified as appropriate for graduates of postgraduate research programs at the University of Canberra.

Typical Course Structure

Students will enrol in the unit 7872 Doctoral Thesis in Law R (72cp).

Course Duration

The minimum period for completion of the degree is normally three years full-time study or part-time equivalent. The maximum duration is four years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Admission Requirements

Before a candidate is admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy (Law) program, the Faculty must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed research project and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements:
a. a bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours, or a masters degree, or qualifications deemed to be equivalent, in the relevant discipline (usually in law);
b. evidence of research training and capacity to undertake research at doctoral level; and
c. submission of a preliminary research proposal in accordance with the Faculty requirements.

Additional admission requirements:
International students are required to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no band less than 6.5, for admission to this course.

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