Higher Degree Research

Higher Degree Research

As Australia's national law school, the ANU College of Law has an enviable research profile in Australia and abroad. 

Working under the supervision of some of Australia's best known legal minds, higher degree research (HDR) students in the ANU College of Law enjoy a vibrant research culture, and are provided with the support, guidance and opportunity to deeply engage with law, and explore the impact and influence it has in our world.

With particular strengths in a number of key legal areas - including international law, international security law, environmental law, administrative law, constitutional law, and government and regulation - the ANU College of Law offers diverse options for students seeking to undertake higher degree research.

In addition to being supervised by leading scholars - many regarded as among the best in their field - HDR students benefit from the College's considerable international networks and opportunities to work closely with visitors, researchers and academics from some of the world's leading law schools.

ANU Law is a magnet for visiting academics and speakers from around the world, giving you unique access to the best of the global legal fraternity.

In consultation with your supervisor, you can tailor your focus of study and make a significant contribution to research in the field of law with the potential to create positive change in society.

A research doctorate that combines research with Masters-level coursework, the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) requires you to complete four approved postgraduate courses and submit a thesis of 65,000 words.

Offered to students seeking an opportunity to engage in high quality, independent research, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires submission of a thesis that makes a substantial contribution to learning in the field of law.

Allowing you to gain a research degree in 12 to 24 months, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) requires completion of a thesis that makes an original and important contribution to human knowledge, research and development.

There is a thriving research culture at ANU, which connects you to a diverse range of experienced national and international expert supervisors.

If you are interested in applying, we have prepared detailed information on finding a supervisor and 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.

Our current HDR students are exploring a wide variety of topics for their research theses.

Director of Higher Degree Research: A/Prof Leighton McDonald
Deputy Director of Higher Degree Research: Dr Ryan Goss
Administrative enquiries: researchdegrees.law@anu.edu.au

 

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team