Please note: 2019 Applications have now closed!
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the principal doctoral degree of the University.
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.
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
Fees and Scholarships
Fees and scholarships for local, Indigenous and international students.
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.