Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084122F

Level of study: Postgraduate


Undertake a PhD in Law at VU and contribute change to society, with a career monitoring and commenting on local and international legal systems.

PhD in Law program at VU

If you want to attain a deeper understanding of the law and its effects, our PhD program gives you the resources and support to achieve your goals.

Our research program maintains strong links with government and industry - offering access to real-world scenarios for investigation. We have partnerships with public-sector authorities such as the Department of Justice and Law Institute of Victoria, as well as private law firms.

Our governance research program focuses on:

  • governance and regulation
  • the scholarship of legal education
  • international law
  • courts and justice.
  • Throughout your study, you’ll have the support of a supervisory team of leading legal researchers. You’ll learn to present your research findings clearly and effectively in a thesis, and through:

  • conferences
  • public presentations for broader audiences
  • journals
  • books
  • other publications.
  • Careers in law and legislative policy

    A PhD in Law will help you advance your career as a barrister or solicitor. It also opens the doors to academic or government-advisory roles.

    Careers in law are paid well.

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    Course structure

    The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).
    As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

    An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

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    Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
    31,200 Per Year
    Read more15,600 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
    Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
    4 years Full time City Queen Campus
    256, 283, 295 and 300 Queen Street
    Melbourne Victoria 3000

    Entry criteria

    Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

    English language requirements

    IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

    TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

    Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

    University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

    VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


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    Footscray Park campus
    Ballarat Road
    Melbourne Victoria 3011
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