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In this PhD program you will develop advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required.

This PhD degree may be undertaken in a project or thesis mode.

The GSBL Law academics can provide research supervision in a wide range of topic areas such as:

Dispute resolution, Mediation, Legal education
Employment law, Workplace relations law, Workplace regulations and policy, Collective bargaining, Workplace dispute resolutions, Comparative labor law
Taxation law and policy, Equity law, the Law of trusts, Wills and estates, Succession law, Commercial law, corporate law and banking law
Law and technology, internet law, artificial intelligence and law, robot law, blockchain law
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Mental health advance directives, Coercion and recovery, Therapeutic jurisprudence, Mental health tribunals, Comparative law, Regulatory governance
Energy law, Environmental law, Renewable energy and climate law, Law and regulation, Electricity market regulation, Business and Human Rights, Corporate Accountability, Labour Regulation in Developing Countries, Labour Conditions in Supply Chains, Transnational Human Rights Mechanisms
Criminal law and policy, Criminal justice, human rights in places of detention, Prisons and punishment, Criminal records and other collateral consequences of conviction, Criminal law and gender
Law and politics, Constitutional law, Administrative law
Intellectual Property Law, WTO Law, International Human Rights Law
Labour law, Employment security, Industrial relations
Sports law, International commercial arbitration law, Jurisprudence, International law, Contract law, Tort law, Company law

You will undertake the PhD program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor.

The PhD program is structured to enable you to:

Complete a compulsory research methods course
Receive training in research integrity and ethics
Select studies in qualitative and quantitative research techniques
Complete a thesis/project which demonstrates your contribution to the field and your ability to communicate complex research for peers and the community to an international standard.

Research Integrity modules

You are required to complete the online modules:

Research integrity
Copyright and intellectual property
Data management and copyright

You may need to complete an ethics module to ensure your research is ethical and responsible.


Graduates will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, non-government organisations and corporations.

As a researcher, your mastery of the discipline evidenced through a substantial and rigorous research project and other contributions to your field of specific interest can make a real difference to society.



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

A$35,520.00 (20,04,546) per year

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


01-Aug-21, 01-Nov-21


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Melbourne City Campus,

124 La Trobe Street,



3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

Contact RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

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