Research Programs @ Sydney Law School

The Sydney Law School offers four research programs designed to equip candidates 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) JB000 CRICOS CODE: 006450C

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 of 100,000 words supervised by Faculty research academics and three compulsory research-support units, namely Legal Research 1, 2 and 3. Candidates who are not able to demonstrate sufficient research experience may be initially admitted to the master’s degree by research with a view to upgrading to a PhD upon evidence of satisfactory progress.

Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD) JB003 CRICOS CODE: 008409K

The SJD offers candidates a unique combination of research and coursework. The degree comprises a minor coursework component and a major thesis of 75,000 words. The thesis is supervised and examined on the same criteria as the PhD. Candidates are also required to complete three coursework units of study (total of 18 credit points) which relate to the thesis topic (lecture timetable) and three compulsory research-support units, namely Legal Research 1, 2 and 3. The coursework units are to be completed in conjunction with the thesis and research-support units. Hence, applicants must submit a research proposal and proposed study plan with their formal application for admission.
Units of study which have been completed previously in a master’s by coursework and are directly relevant to the thesis topic may be considered for credit (up to the maximum of 18 credit points) towards the coursework component of the SJD. Credit will not be granted for units which have contributed to the award of another degree. Evidence of course discontinuation of the degree should accompany the application for credit.

Master of Criminology (MCrim) by Research JC081 CRICOS CODE: 016238B

The MCrim is awarded on the basis of a supervised thesis of 50,000 words. The thesis must make a substantial contribution to the knowledge of the subject concerned. Candidates are also required to undertake the compulsory research-support unit, Legal Research 1. Candidates often explore aspects involving criminal law, forensic psychiatry, drug policy and the law, gender and race relations, youth and crime, policing in society, and other social and cultural aspects of criminal justice.

Master of Laws (LLM) by Research JC080 CRICOS CODE: 008408M

The LLM is awarded on the basis of a supervised thesis of 50,000 words. The thesis must make a substantial contribution to the knowledge of the subject concerned. Candidates are also required to undertake the compulsory research-support unit, Legal Research 1.

Research Areas

More information can be found on the Sydney Law School Research Clusters.