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What will I learn?

Monash University has a proud tradition of research excellence, and is committed to providing the highest quality of graduate research education. By undertaking your graduate studies at Monash, you will have the opportunity to be part of our stimulating and supportive and professional research environment.

Monash Law delivers diverse and innovative opportunities to undertake high quality and cross-disciplinary legal research.

A PhD in Law takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century. At the core of the program is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed chosen topic, supported by at least two expert academic supervisors. Your study will result in a research thesis or alternative approved output, which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic. The research component is enhanced by professional development activities that provide you with the skills required to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community.

A PhD in Law requires you to complete a research thesis of up to 80,000 words (or alternative approved outputs), which must be of a standard comparable to the legal writings found in scholarly law journals. The thesis must demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research and to analyse and synthesise legal concepts.

The Doctor of Philosophy program may be undertaken in any area of research, including:

Commercial law
Comparative law
Criminal law
Administrative law
Family law
Health law
Human rights law
Environmental law
Equity and property law
Intellectual property law
International trade law
Public law

The staff expertise webpage has an extensive list of the current research areas within Monash Law.

As well as the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,400.00 (20,02,141) per year
Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Monash University

Clayton Campus,

Wellington Road,



3800, MELBOURNE, Australia

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,400.00 (20,02,141) per year
Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Honours Bachelor degree (IIA) or equivalent with a major study in the same or related discipline/field of study or a master degree with a significant research component. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 (Reading: 6.0, Listening: 6.0, Writing: 6.0, Speaking: 6.0); TOEFL paper-based: 550 (Test of written English: 4.5); TOEFL internet: 79 (Reading: 13, Listening: 12, Writing: 21, Speaking: 18); Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 (No PTE communicative skills score below 50); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 (No skill score below 169); Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 (No skill score below 169).

For international students

The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are:

a bachelor's degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
a course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
a master's degree that entails work, normally including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent year of work, including a thesis. It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiners' reports will be taken into account; or
have qualifications which in the opinion of GRC are deemed equivalent.

English entry requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall (no band less than 6.5)

TOEFL (paper-based) : 587+ TWE 4.5

TOEFL 94 + Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 20 & Writing 24

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 65 + communicative score 58

Cambridge English: 185 + Writing 185 and no skill below 169

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