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 will provide you with the opportunity to pursue in-depth research in a specific area of law. You are expected to develop a research thesis that leads to an original and significant contribution to knowledge in that field. 

The UOW 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 Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (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.

For information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services, visit UOW's Research and Innovation website. 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

Duration

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

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

087640D

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

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, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

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

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Innovation Campus, Wollongong

On Campus

$15,312 (2019)

$122,496 (2019)

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

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.


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

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,312 (2019)

$122,496 (2019)

Innovation Campus

On Campus

$15,312 (2019)

$122,496 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



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 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: 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)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong, Innovation Campus

Enrolment and Orientation: 27 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

2019 Spring

Innovation Campus

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial scholarly contribution to a discipline.
2 Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories
3 Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, 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 approximately 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 (HPS) 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
Choose ONE from the following:
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24

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
Art History
Company Law
Australian Studies
Creative Writing
Comparative Law
Communications
Curatorial Practices
Conflict of Laws
Cultural Studies
Graphic Design
Constitutional Law
Digital & Visual Communication
Journalism
Criminal Law
Employment Relations
Media Arts
Cross-cultural Legal Issues
English Language and Linguistics
Music
Cultural Legal Studies
English Literatures
Performance
Environmental and Planning Law
Ethics
Theatre
Family Law
Foreign Languages (French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish)
Visual Arts
Fisheries Law and Policy
Gender Studies
 
Human Rights
Global Labour Studies
 
Indigenous People and Law
Global Studies History
 
Industrial Relations Law
History
 
Intellectual Property Law
Indigenous Studies
 
Interdisciplinary Law-related Research
International Relations
 
International Law
Media and Communication
 
Islamic Law
Philosophy
 
Law of the Sea
Politics and International Studies
 
Law Society and Culture
Postcolonial Studies
 
Maritime Policy
Science and Technology Studies
 
Maritime Security
Development Studies
 
 
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 UOW School of Law or The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). 

The UOW School of Law currently hosts 22 HDR students and 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 and refugee law
  • international law
  • comparative law in the Asia-Pacific
  • ocean resources and security (see ANCORS)

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 programs are engaged in influential positions in courts, government agencies, private firms and universities throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and beyond.

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 11 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.

The Centre 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