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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titlePhDLaw
CRICOS code041046B
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator

Email: Phone: + 61 3 9905 3342


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program may be undertaken in any area of research offered by the Faculty of Law. The current principal research areas cover:

  • administrative law and regulation
  • commercial law
  • comparative law
  • constitutional law
  • construction law
  • courts
  • corporations law
  • criminal law
  • e-commerce and information technology
  • environment law
  • equity
  • evidence
  • family law
  • gender and law
  • health and medical law
  • human rights law
  • intellectual property law
  • international law
  • labour and employment law
  • legal education
  • legal history
  • legal practice
  • legal theory
  • litigation and dispute resolution
  • resources law
  • privacy law
  • property law
  • superannuation law
  • taxation law
  • torts
  • trusts
  • venture capital law.


Students are required to complete a major thesis of 100,000 words which may be undertaken in any of the principal areas of research within the faculty. The thesis must embody the results of research in a field of study approved by the faculty and be carried out by the candidate under supervision. It must be the original work of the candidate, except where due reference is made in the thesis, display a thorough understanding of subject matter and contribute to knowledge and understanding within the field of study concerned. The full requirements for the degree are set out in the Doctoral and MPhil Information Handbook, available from the Monash Research Graduate School's website at


Doctor of Philosophy