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Juridical Science, Doctorate

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #91 (QS) ,
Take your qualifications to the next level. This Doctor of Juridical Science at The University of Western Australia is a professional doctorate consisting of a combination of coursework units and a thesis.


This Doctor of Juridical Science at The University of Western Australia is designed for law graduates with relevant experience. It involves completion of a combination of coursework units and a 50,000 to 60,000 word thesis.

Career Pathways

This course provides you with the opportunity to pursue advanced or further study in law.

Career Opportunities

  • Lawyer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: The majority of SJD law units are offered intensively throughout the year during the vacation periods and study breaks.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study

    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Banking Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Foundations of International Commercial Law
  • International Sales Law
  • International Trade Financing
  • International Shipping Law

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have:

  • the Bachelor of Laws with first or upper second class honours; or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; 


  • a Juris Doctor or Master of Laws, including a 12 point research project, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and 
  • the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; 


  • a bachelor's degree in law, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
  • evidence of adequate research preparation as recognised by UWA; and
  •  at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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