School of Law - Higher Degree by Research Courses

The School of Law offers three higher degrees by research: a Masters of Law by Research, a Master of Philosophy (Law) and a Doctorate in Philosophy. Information about both degrees is below.

Masters of Laws by Research - Course code: 5044; CRICOS code: 071038J

Admission Requirements

Normally, the following criteria are required for a student to be admitted to a Masters by Research course:

  • Possession of an undergraduate degree in law from a recognised university, which has been completed at a superior standard and which demonstrates the applicant’s potential to undertake and complete research-based study;
  • In exceptional circumstance, an equivalent academic background that is considered by the Dean of the School and the DVC to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at the Masters level. Candidates may be required to undertake concurrent studies in the relevant content area if their background is deemed to be lacking in contemporary knowledge and understanding.

Mentorship and Supervision

All research students are assigned supervisors who are part guide and part adviser in the journey towards the completion of the degree. All applicants need to find supervisors within the School of Law prior to submitting an application for the Masters by Research course.

Modes of Study

Candidates in the Masters by Research program can undertake their research in either a full time or a part time capacity. The maximum time for completion of the Masters by Research (not including periods of approved leave of absence) will normally be two calendar years for a full time student and four years for a part time student. The minimum time for completion will normally be one year.

 

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic Students

According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Scheme (RTS) for the length of their degree.

Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through the University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

International Students

All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the course.

Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) – Course code: 6400

Introduction

The PhD is designed for students to demonstrate their ability to design, implement and write a significant research project through the use of analysis and theorizing that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge. On this basis, it is necessary for original and significant research to be undertaken in order to earn a doctoral degree.

Characteristics of the PhD program are centred on a dissertation that includes a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. The thesis may be based on a comprehensive critical review of literature, empirical research, creative work or other systematic approach embedded in a field or discipline, and/or may be based on advanced and sustained critical reflection and analysis of professional theory and practice.

The PhD represents the highest level education qualification attainable and is designed to be on the cutting edge of the development of new knowledge.

Admission Requirements

The following criteria are required for a student to be admitted to the PhD program:

  • A Masters level degree in law (by research or course work and thesis), appropriate to the professional field of the applicant; or
  • A Bachelor’s degree with Honours (1st Class or Class 2A Honours level or equivalent); or
  • A Master of Philosophy; or
  • In exceptional circumstance, an equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School and the DVC to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research at a doctoral level.

Mentorship and Supervision

All research students are assigned supervisors who are part guide and part adviser in the journey towards the completion of the degree. All applicants need to find supervisors within the School of Law prior to submitting an application for the PhD.
Modes of Study

Candidates in the PhD program can undertake their research in either a full time or a part time capacity. The maximum time for completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (not including periods of approved leave of absence) will normally be three calendar years for a full time student and six years for a part time student. The minimum time for completion will normally be two years.

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic Students

According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Scheme (RTS) for the length of their degree.

Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through the University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

International Students

All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the course.

For more information about higher degrees by research at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law, please contact:

At the Sydney campus:

Associate Dean Dr Keith Thompson, keith.thompson@nd.edu.au

At the Fremantle campus:

Dean Doug Hodgson, doug.hodgson@nd.edu.au