The University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy - Law

The University of Melbourne

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
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.


Preparation of a thesis of 80,000-100,000 word thesis representing an original and substantial contribution to the knowledge of law.up to four years full-time or eight years part time.


  • Law, Philosophy-Law

Standard entry requirements

  • Four-year honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with a weighted average mark of at least 75%
  • Applicants without a four-year honours degree must have completed a research project equivalent to 25% of one year of full-time study at fourth-year or masters level
  • Applicants must also demonstrate the relevance of their research experience to their proposed topic of research.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Parkville No

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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