Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

CRICOS code: 056956G


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the principal doctoral degree of the University.

Entry Requirements

PhD applicants are assessed using the minimum entry requirements outlined on the University's Graduate Research Degrees: Entry Requirements web page and the selection criteria outlined on Melbourne Law School's How to Apply web page.

The criteria include an assessment of an applicant's knowledge of the discipline and evidence of ability to complete a rigorous research project. Applicants are required to meet the minimum standards described for each of the six criteria, including meeting the University's English language requirements.

Degree Requirements

Preparation of a thesis of 80,000-100,000 words, under supervision, representing an original and substantial contribution to the knowledge of law.

Participation in the MLS Research Support Program.


Full-time – up to 4 years
Part-time – up to 8 years

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How to Apply to Melbounre Law School's  Graduate Research Degree program

How to Apply

Melbourne Law School aims to admit outstanding graduates from a wide variety of countries and to provide them with a world class experience in undertaking a graduate research degree. Each year applications significantly exceed places available – the selection process is therefore highly competitive.

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To submit an enquiry regarding our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programs, please click on the appropriate link below.

PhD Enquiry MPhil Enquiry