• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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As a doctoral student, you will choose a real-world legal problem to explore as a research project and will be encouraged to use it to draw upon, and extend, your professional experience and expertise in relation to your own workplace, organisation or community.

The UC Faculty of Business, Government and Law has particular teaching and research strengths in the areas of corporate, business and taxation law, although you can choose to explore a subject from across the legal spectrum. You will graduate from the program having made a unique contribution to professional practice in your chosen field and ready to progress your career to the next level. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Professional Doctorate in Legal Science (Research) at University of Canberra and you will:

  • undertake coursework in specific units
  • develop the legal research, writing and analysis skills which enable you to produce a dissertation which is an original and significant contribution to legal literature
  • prepare a substantial dissertation which adds to existing legal knowledge and forms an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular legal issue
  • initiate closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with law and related disciplines.

Career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Lecturer
  • Sessional academic
  • Senior research officer
  • Senior research fellow
  • Lawyer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Standard: 4 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum: 8 years.

  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal Science Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing

English Language Requirements

  • 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 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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General Requirements

Before a candidate is admitted to the Doctor of Legal Science Program, the University must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements:

  • a bachelor's degree in law or an equivalent qualification;
  • five years of professional practice in a legal area;
  • provides evidence of superior legal professional performance both intellectually and technically;
  • provides evidence of capacity for specialised coursework at the postgraduate level; and
  • demonstrates capacity to undertake significant research in the proposed doctoral field.
CRICOS Code: 099086D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27800 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 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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