Doctor of Philosophy in Law

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law is an advanced research qualification.


After a programme of research lasting at least two years you will present your thesis.

Entry requirements

Admission to our higher-level research degrees is competitive. The selection panel will need to be confident that candidates can justify pursuing their doctoral at this Law School.

PhD applicants are expected to have a First or Second Class Honours or Master's degree in Law. Refer to the PhD Statute for full admission details.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff at Victoria Law School includes scholars of national and international standing, which allows advanced research supervision over a range of topics, as reflected by the work of our current PhD students.

Research Degrees—PhD and Masters

If you’re thinking about studying a Master of Laws by research, find out more about what the Faculty of Law can offer you and your research project. Read more about Research Degrees—PhD and Master of Laws.


The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) provides a first port of call for all students interested in enrolling in a PhD at Victoria.

The website provides application forms, funding information, and answers and resources related to a host of questions. The FGR continues to provide support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.

How to apply

Applications are sent to the FGR and are due by 1 March, 1 July and 1 November. Students may complete an application form and speak with prospective supervisors prior to the deadline, but their application must be submitted to the FGR. Formal acceptance into the programme will be made after the deadline.

Find out more about the PhD application, scholarship and admission process.