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Juridical Science, Doctorate

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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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.

Prior to being admitted to candidature an applicant may be required by the Governing Board to undertake any of the following:

  • complete such courses, lectures, seminars and other work as may be directed;
  • complete such research preparation as directed and provide particulars of the progress and results of the research as requested; or
  •  pass an examination approved by the Board. 


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

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
  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

  • CRICOS CODE: 024815G

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

  • International

    37272 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149100 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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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