This is a research doctorate that combines research with masters-level coursework. Approved applicants must complete four courses from a range of approved postgraduate courses, followed by a thesis of 65,000 words. Each candidate has a supervisory panel of academics. Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the ANU College of Law, and would most often study full-time.
Mode of delivery
This program combines masters-level coursework and research. You must obtain a distinction average in the coursework portion of the program before proceeding to the thesis portion of the degree.
The research outcome of the SJD is a 65,000 word thesis. During their study, candidates are assessed against milestones which include: annual plans (completed 3 months after commencement and then annually); annual reports; a thesis proposal review; and an oral presentation.
Research students at ANU must fulfil the minimum residency requirements specified in the Australian Government’s Research Award Rules 2017 unless approval has been obtained for a reduced period of attendance, or the student is externally based. Applicants should make a detailed case for any reduced period of attendance, preferably at the time of application.
If you are approved to study externally (via distance), the minimum attendance on campus is 4 weeks each year. For further information, please refer to the Guidelines For Externally Based Students on the ANU Law Apply online page.
ANU Law will provide a suitable work space and computer on the ANU campus in Canberra. All students will have access to Wattle (Web Access to Teaching & Learning Environments), the University’s online learning platform.
Admission to practice
In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 19,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Experts who will teach the program
The coursework component of the SJD is taught by ANU Law’s Australian - and international - legal experts. For the thesis component, each candidate has a supervisory panel of academics, usually drawn from the ANU College of Law’s experts.
With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law, and what might be done to improve it.
Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.
ANU currently enrols domestic research students under the Research Training Scheme (RTS) which is funded by the Commonwealth Government. RTS funded students are not required to contribute to the cost of their tuition for the duration of their program.
International students are required to pay the cost of their tuition for the duration of their program. The annual fee for international students (2018) is $40,416.00.
Fees for the SJD program are also available on ANU Programs and Courses website.
ANU funds and administers a range of scholarships for graduate research degree programs, especially for domestic students. See our HDR scholarships page for information on these scholarships and their deadlines.
For more information on the Australian education system please go to the government website StudyAssist.
We have prepared detailed information on how to apply to do Higher Degree Research at ANU Law, including information on scholarships, putting your application together, applying online and commencement. Please read through these instructions thoroughly.