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Ph. D. On Campus

Legal Science (Research)

University of Canberra

48 months
27800 AUD/year
22800 AUD/year
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The Professional Doctorate in Legal Science (Research) from University of Canberra combines coursework with a research dissertation to enable advanced study and reflection on practice in the professional field of law. 

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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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal Science Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    27800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27800 AUD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    22800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22800 AUD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 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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