Doctor of Philosophy (Law)

Course summary

 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is for candidates who have either an excellent research background in law or equivalent high-level professional experience in a law related field.

The qualification provides candidates with the opportunity to pursue in-depth research in a specific area of law.  Candidates are expected to develop a research thesis that leads to an original and significant contribution to knowledge in that field. 

The School of Law is distinguished by a strong commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and ‘real-world’ relevance, and the academic staff have an established reputation for innovative, applied and intersectional legal research focused on social justice.

The ANCORS PhD program involves original research related to the oceans, leading to a dissertation which should make a significant contribution to a field of knowledge.

Visit UOW's Research & Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts, visit the Faculty's research pages.

 

 

 

 

Course information

Study area

Law, Research

Campus

Wollongong, Innovation Campus

Course Code

220

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

087640D

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ⅔ of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+  or GPA 3.2 out of  4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

20

20

20

20

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,016
Full Course Fee: $112,128

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Innovation Campus
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,016
Full Course Fee: $112,128

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ⅔ of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+  or GPA 3.2 out of  4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,016
Full Course Fee: $112,128

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Innovation Campus
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,016
Full Course Fee: $112,128

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Detail:
Orientation: 21 February 2018 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Innovation Campus

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Detail:
Orientation: 21 February 2018 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in a discipline area to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge;
  2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories;
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community;
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure

The normal full-time study pattern for Doctoral candidates requires enrolment in 48 credit points per year in accordance with the table below, for a minimum of 4 years.  Part-time study is also available in most cases.

Potential candidates should discuss their research plan with the Head of Postgraduate Studies of the relevant School, at which time the supervision arrangements of the School will be outlined.

Rules and procedures for Higher Degrees by Research, including the regulations regarding preparation and submission of the thesis, are listed in the General Course Rules.  Doctoral candidates are urged to be familiar with both the General Course Rules and the Higher Degree Research Supervision and Resources Policy.  Current policy documents are located in the UOW Policy Directory.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Choose ONE from the following:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

Submission and Assessment

Candidates will submit their thesis wholly by written thesis, or a combination of creative work and a written thesis or exegesis.

Assessment for the Doctor of Philosophy is by two external examiners.

Submission by creative work and thesis or exegesis

A thesis submission for the PhD (Creative Arts), that includes a major body of creative work, will be accompanied by a written thesis or exegesis of approximately 35,000 words in length.  The thesis or exegesis will be substantially written, but may include other forms as a record or explication of the creative work (for example, music scores, photographs, video and sound recordings).

The creative work may be in a single discipline, involve multiple disciplines or explore new art/media forms for which there is no established disciplinary base.

The accompanying written component may take the form of:

i.   A thesis making a scholarly argument related to the body of creative work; or

ii.  An exegesis focusing on aspects such as origins of the work, structures and techniques used, and an analysis of artistic theories underpinning the work.

The accompanying written component of the thesis will be submitted no later than the presentation, exhibition or performance of the creative work.

Research Areas

Candidates may contact the Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant school to discuss supervision of research projects.  Research areas may include the following:

    Law     Humanities    Creative Arts

Anti-discrimination Law

Asia Pacific Studies

Creative Writing                    

Company Law

Australian Studies

Graphic Design

Comparative Law

Communications

Journalism

Conflict of Laws

Cultural Studies

Media Arts

Constitutional Law

Digital Communication

Music

Criminal Law

Employment Relations

Theatre

Cross-cultural Legal Issues

English Language and Linguistics

Visual Arts

Environmental and Planning Law

English Literatures

 

Family Law

Ethics

 

Fisheries Law and Policy

Foreign Languages (French, Italian,

Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish)

 

Human Rights

Gender Studies

 

Indigenous People and Law

Global Labour Studies

 

Industrial Relations Law

Global Studies History

 

Intellectual Property Law

History

 

Interdisciplinary Law-related

Research

Indigenous Studies

 

International Law

International Studies

 

Islamic Law

Media and Communication

 

Law of the Sea

Philosophy

 

Law Society and Culture

Politics

 

Maritime Policy

Postcolonial Studies

 

Maritime Security

Science and Technology Studies

 

 

Social Change and Development

 

 

Sociology

 

Interdisciplinary topics as negotiated with the Head of Postgraduate Studies are also available for study.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The Doctor of Philosophy (Law) is available through either the School of Law or The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). 

The School of Law is one of Australia's leaders in postgraduate legal research with strengths in:

  • Intersectional research into law and society
  • Social Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Ocean Resources and Security
  • Comparative Law in the Asia-Pacific

Having one of the lowest ratios of students to staff of any Australian Law school, it includes  qualified staff from Australian and overseas universities, and from the legal profession, whose expertise covers a wide range of specialist areas of law.  Graduates of our Doctoral and Masters programs are engaged in influential positions in courts, government agencies, private firms and universities throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) is Australia’s only multidisciplinary university-based centre dedicated to research, education and training in ocean law, maritime security and natural marine resource management.

ANCORS is one of UOW’s eleven Research Strengths, and is one of the primary drivers for the Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones challenge in the University’s Global Challenges program for multi-Faculty, interdisciplinary research.

It currently hosts over 30 HDR students from 16 countries, researching a broad range of topics across both disciplinary divides and the core strengths of ANCORS expertise. 

ANCORS research interests include:

  • Ocean law
  • Oceans policy and management
  • Maritime strategy and security
  • Fisheries governance and management
  • Marine environmental law
  • Maritime boundary delimitation
  • Public international law of shipping