What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) (Law) is a four-year research degree incorporating a traditional three-year PhD thesis with one year of coursework subjects, combining generic research training and discipline-specific content into a single degree.

Undertaken in the first year of your degree, the coursework component comprises research training skills and individual coursework subjects. Research skills typically include research methodology, literature review and critical analysis, as well as advanced topics or a minor research project. The individual subjects are normally chosen from options within the Masters by coursework degrees from the Law discipline, allowing you to obtain deeper content knowledge in your area of specialisation.

International students intending to become university researchers and teachers in their home country will benefit from exposure to Australian teaching methods through these subjects.

The research component is the same as for the three-year PhD program and leads to the production of a written thesis. The thesis, which involves a significant contribution to your field of knowledge, must be no longer than 100,000 words in length.

In order to progress to the research component, you must complete the first year with an average of 65%, including 65% in each research training skills subject. You will develop your specific research topic before progressing to the research component.

Why choose this course

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

Criminal law
Comparative law in the Asia-Pacific
Human rights law
International economic and business law
Intersectional research into law and society
Ocean resources and security
Social justice

With 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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Law



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,248.00 (16,72,805) per year
AUD $124,992 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $15,624

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a minimum of four years of study at degree level, either a four-year Bachelor degree, or a Bachelor degree plus Masters by Coursework, with a minimum Credit average (65% or GPA 3.0 out of 4.0), or equivalent. English language requirement: IELTS Academic Overall Score of 7.0 (Reading, writing, listening, speaking -6.5); TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 98 (Reading, writing - 22, listening, speaking – 19); PTE - 69.

For international students

4 year Undergraduate degree with WAM 65+ or GPA 3 out of 4. Coursework Masters with WAM 65+ or GPA 3 out of 4.

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.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 7.0, reading 6.5, writing 6.5, listening 6.5, speaking 6.5; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 98, reading 22, writing 22, listening 19, speaking 19; PTE Academic overall score of 69 Reading & Writing 69, Speaking & Listening 62

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students