PhD opportunities

Questioning and challenging the status quo

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (ABLE) supervises PhD candidates in all areas of the human sciences. With a higher degree by research, our students have the opportunity to pursue an area of research interest, supervised by academic thought-leaders. Our students’ projects contribute to social change, policy making and national debate.

For more than 100 years we have led research in the liberal arts. Our graduates dominate academia and industry, backed by a high-quality, global reputation. Not surprisingly, our former students are among the highest paid of all Australian graduates (The Good Universities Guide 2017). A PhD opens doors to a rewarding career which can make a difference in improving lives nationally and internationally.

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Five stars for research, teaching, internationalisation, innovation, employability, facilities, and inclusiveness (QS Stars University Ranking)

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Global top 50 for: Performing Arts (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)

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Global top 100 for: History, Law, Sociology, Accounting, Finance, Business, Management, Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)


Current opportunities

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education is uniquely positioned at UWA to be able to provide a broad variety of pre-defined PhD opportunities, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to design your own PhD project based on your personal interests and academic and career goals.

To discuss any of the current PhD opportunities listed below, or to find out more about how we could support you achieve your PhD ambitions via your own project, contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.


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Crime opportunity within the dynamic ridesharing industry: a comparative study

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Who's really in control? Liability of/for autonomous vehicles and weapons systems

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Integrated water resources assessment and planning

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The untold story of civil procedure

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Mining law reform in Western Australia

The nature of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine

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The effectiveness of apology protecting legislation

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Heritage crime in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region


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Moral rights: the first 20 years

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The untold story of private law


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A diachronic comparison of the translations of novels into multiple languages

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"The Western Australian collections in Eastern Australian institutions": a PhD project as part of the ARC Project Collecting the West: How collections created Western Australia

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Envisaging citizenship: Australian histories and global connections

Social Sciences

Quarries, campsites, and rock art: stone resource use in the Dampier Archipelago, north-western Australia

Murujuga mollusc-harvesters: how shell-fishers changed their ways in the Dampier Archipelago, north-western Australia

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Emotion words in Australian Indigenous languages. Semantics and typology



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