Entry Requirements

Academic Qualifications

The minimum academic entry requirements for research degrees are:

Master of Laws (LLM) by research
Bachelor of Laws with first or second class honours

Master of Criminology (MCrim) by research
Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours

Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD)
Master of Laws or Bachelor of Laws with first or second class honours

Note: Applicants may be admitted to a research program based on qualifications which the Postgraduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to an Honours degree.

Research, Publication & Professional Experience

In addition to academic achievements, applicants are required to submit satisfactory evidence of skills, knowledge and the ability to pursue and complete the proposed program within the maximum course duration. This may be demonstrated by showing the successful completion of a sustained piece of research (e.g. dissertation, treatise, long essay or major report which comprises a substantial component of the degree) with first or second class honours (or equivalent) in a degree program. Applicants may also demonstrate their ability by including their scholarly publications (e.g. published book or chapter in an edited book), or sustained research in a professional capacity i.e. the applicant holds at least two years of relevant professional experience at a responsible level or direct research experience, which is not in a training situation. For example, an applicant who has worked as a research assistant on some successfully completed projects, or attainments in some other research-related endeavour.

Proposed Program of Study

The proposal must be:

  • Suitable in scope and standard for the Masters/Doctorate
  • One that the applicant is competent to undertake
  • One for which supervision and facilities can be properly provided

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that their English language skills are sufficiently strong to enable them to successfully undertake a research degree. Only applicants who are able to provide the required English language test scores will be considered for admission/scholarship. Please see the University of Sydney Law School's minimum English language requirements.