Master of Philosophy (MPHIL) in Law


Between 1 to 2 years full-time (or, if approved, part-time equivalent)

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are: English language proficiency and a bachelor's degree with a distinction average or higher, usually in law, from an Australian university, or, another qualification equivalent or superior to these as determined by the Director of Higher Degree Research.

The level of English language required for Law is high (see How to Apply). If you are an international student, you must provide a current IELTS or TOEFL certificate as proof of your competency. The tests can be arranged through the British Council or the Australian Embassy in your country.

Program description

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a research degree requiring the completion of a thesis of no more than 60,000 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

The research outcome of the MPhil is a 60,000 word thesis. During their study, candidates are assessed against milestones which include: annual plans, annual report; 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.

ANU Law will provide a suitable work space and computer on the ANU campus in Canberra. If you are approved to study externally (via distance), the minimum attendance on campus is 4 weeks each year. Approval to study externally cannot be guaranteed. For further information, please refer to the Guidelines For Externally Based Students on the ANU Law Apply online page.

All students will have access to Wattle (Web Access to Teaching & Learning Environments), the University’s online learning platform.


In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 20,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

Academic experts

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 lawinternational lawenvironmental lawmigration law, governance and national securityour 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 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 MPhil program are also available on the 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.

More information on ANU costs and fees, and scholarships and support is available on the central ANU website.

For more information on the Australian education system please go to the government websites MyUniversity and 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.

Program and Courses

For information on admission requirements, fees, courses, electives, suggested study patterns and more see Programs and Courses »

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