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What will I learn?


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is offered in all faculties of the University of New South Wales and encourages initiative and originality in research. Candidates should make a significant contribution to knowledge in their field.

This program involves a minimum of three years full-time study. Students undertake supervised research leading to the production of the thesis.

The length of a doctoral thesis normally should not exceed 100,000 words of text and should be submitted for examination within 4 years of full-time study.

In some faculties advanced coursework is also prescribed.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law and Justice



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,440.00 (US$ 32,270) per year

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

Start date

14 February 2022, 30 May 2022, 12 September 2022


UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have an average of 75% or better in the candidate's qualifying program.

For international students

As a general guide, the UNSW entry requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy are as follows:

A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor with Honours from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Research Committee of the appropriate Faculty.

Candidates may apply to convert to a PhD after one year's full-time enrolment in a Masters by Research program by attending a Confirmation of Candidature Review Panel and satisfying the requirements of this Review Panel as set out in the Research Progress Review and Confirmation of Candidatures Procedure.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (min 6.5 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 96 overall (min. 27 in writing, 23 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 65 overall (min. 58 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 176 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 185 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of B and a minimum grade of B- in the writing component.

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


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