Doctor of Philosophy - Law

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Doctor of Philosophy (Law) is for candidates who have either an excellent research background in law or equivalent high-level professional experience in a law-related field. The qualification will provide students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth research in a specific area of law. Students are expected to develop a research thesis that leads to an original and significant contribution to knowledge in that field. The UOW School of Law is distinguished by a strong commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and 'real-world' relevance, and the academic staff have an established reputation for innovative, applied and intersectional legal research focused on social justice.


48 credit points per year for approximately 4 years. Part-time study is also available in most cases. Potential candidates should discuss their research plan with the Head of Postgraduate Studies of the relevant School, at which time the supervision arrangements of the School will be outlined.


  • Law

Standard entry requirements

  • Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher
  • Research Masters with at least ? of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+
  • Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+ or GPA 3.2 out of 4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered. All applicants for research degrees must submit a written proposal as part of their application.

Study pathways

In addition to the standard pathway to a PhD in Law, the School of Law offers two alternative pathways: Thesis by Compilation: consists of journal articles and book chapters that have been researched, compiled and written during the course of the PhD degree; Thesis by Publication: consists of previously peer-reviewed published works not more than 10 years old.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Innovation Campus Domestic: $124,992
International: $124,992
Wollongong Domestic: $124,992
International: $124,992

Further information

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

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