Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Sydney Law School is one of four research programs designed to equip you for careers in areas including advanced research, policy development, public service, tertiary teaching or professional leadership. Our programs will enable you to develop and acquire sophisticated skills in research and analysis, honed through work on a topic of your choice that expands legal thinking and understanding.
The PhD is awarded on the basis of a thesis, which is regarded by the examiners as a substantially original contribution to the knowledge of the subject concerned. Candidates are required to complete a thesis supervised by
, namely Legal Research 1, 2 and 3. The length of the thesis is 80,000 words which may be exceeded by no more than 20,000 words with the written permission of the Associate Dean.
Further course information and outcomes
Further information about research courses:
How to apply
There are three main conditions of admission, namely:
-Research and publication experience
-Suitability of the proposed course of study and research
If you are not academically qualified to undertake a research degree, you may consider pursuing your research interests through coursework study before progressing to a research degree. The coursework program provides you with an opportunity to enhance your expertise in the proposed area of research by allowing you to complete research projects in related units of study.
Applicants require a Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours
Applying for admission
There are two steps involved in making an application to a Law research program:
1. Expression of Interest (EOI) - Prior to making a formal application, you are required to provide information about your area of intended research, academic qualifications, professional or other qualifications, details about your original research activities and publications, and any other information relevant to the application by completing an Expression of Interest form.
EOIs are due:
Domestic students: 3 months prior to the application closing date
International students: 6 months prior to the application closing date
2. Formal application for admission – If your Expression of Interest is accepted, you must submit a formal application through the University’s Online Application portal. Ensure that all the Supporting documentation is submitted with your online application – Click on ‘Apply Now’ on the right hand side of this course page.
If you have already commenced a research degree, there are additional requirements - Transfer of research candidature.
Also visit Research Scholarships.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.