Research Degrees in Law

Southern Cross University offers suitable applicants the opportunity to pursue their legal research interests at a Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level through the Graduate School.

The PhD and Master of Laws (by Thesis) are programs of research carried out under academic supervision, and involve critical analysis and the writing of a major dissertation on a sustained topic of research.

Research degrees in law generally do not involve coursework, though a coursework program may be defined for a candidate where warranted. The candidate and supervisor work together to decide on a field of research, plan methods of investigation, and where appropriate, data collection. SCU admits PhD or Masters by Thesis candidates at any time of the year.


Apply for admission to study a postgraduate research degree (via the Graduate School website).


Tuition fees and charges.


There are three classes of scholarship that offer stipends for PhD and for Masters by Research. All are only available to candidates enrolled full-time. For full details and application forms see the postgraduate scholarship information webpage.

Research supervisors

For further information about postgraduate studies, research, and areas of research specialisation in the School of Law and Justice Studies, contact the Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at