The University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy - Law

The University of Melbourne

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
CRICOS: 00116K

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy signifies that the holder has undertaken a substantial piece of original research, which has been conducted and reported by the holder under proper academic supervision and in a research environment for a prescribed period. The PhD thesis demonstrates authority in the candidate's field and shows evidence of command of knowledge in relevant fields. The normal length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words, exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices.


The PhD is undertaken for up to 4 years (full-time equivalent) or up to 8 years (part-time). Preparation of a thesis of 80,000-100,000 word thesis, under supervision, representing an original and substantial contribution to the knowledge of law.


  • Law

Standard entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have completed at least a four-year honours degree at H2A standard from an Australian university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered by the RHD Committee to be equivalent. Applicants should have achieved an overall H1 (80-100%) or H2A (75-79%) grade in the relevant honours or Masters degree. An extract from the relevant University handbook (or website) for your Master degree, that clearly states:the normal duration of the course and the structure of the course (e.g. 2 years full-time, minimum of 24 points of which 18 points are a research project.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Parkville International: $185,783 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Parkville.

Most domestic graduate research students are offered a Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset Scholarship, which is funded by the Australian Government.

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