Postgraduate

Doctor of Juridical Science

Take your qualifications to the next level.
3
Years Full Time

Contact us

Address

Law School

The University of Western Australia

35 Stirling Highway

Perth

Western Australia

6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 2807

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead. 

Stand out from the crowd with a qualification from one of Australia’s leading institutions. 

Develop and form relationships with industry leaders. 

Career Pathways

This course provides you with the opportunity to pursue advanced or further study in law.
This course provides you with the opportunity to pursue advanced or further study in law.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Higher degree by research – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$149,100.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$152,100.00

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) the Bachelor of Laws with first or upper second class honours; or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
or
(b)(i) a Juris Doctor or Master of Laws, including a 12 point research project, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent;
or
(c)(i) a bachelor's degree in law, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) evidence of adequate research preparation as recognised by UWA; and
(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENT

Research and coursework supplementary form

Applicants to this course are required to submit a completed research and coursework supplementary form when applying.
 
APPLICATION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This is a professional doctorate consisting of a combination of coursework units and a thesis.

About the course

The Doctor of Juridical Science is a special opportunity to gain distinguished professional recognition for high quality research. With both a coursework and thesis component, this professional doctorate recognises a distinguished original contribution to professional knowledge. It is a platform for achieving publication of the research outputs and can re-launch your professional career or fulfil a personal yearning for scholarly satisfaction

Doctor of Juridical Science

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The majority of SJD law units are offered intensively throughout the year during the vacation periods and study breaks. View important dates for study break and vacation periods.
    Units listed in the course rules are not necessarily available every year. It is advisable to check the availability of units before accepting or applying to defer an offer from the University. The list of available option units is updated in November each year.
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 30 hours per week (or 15 hours part-time), which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20810
CRICOS code
  • 024815G
Doctor of Juridical Science
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The majority of SJD law units are offered intensively throughout the year during the vacation periods and study breaks. View important dates for study break and vacation periods.
    Units listed in the course rules are not necessarily available every year. It is advisable to check the availability of units before accepting or applying to defer an offer from the University. The list of available option units is updated in November each year.
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 30 hours per week (or 15 hours part-time), which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20810
CRICOS code
  • 024815G
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Juridical Science
Meet the faculty

Course coordinator Professor Alex Gardner

Professor Alex Gardner

Professor Alex Gardner teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in Public Law and Natural Resources and Environmental Law. 

Born and raised on a farm in Western Australia, he is an environmental legal consultant, especially to the Environmental Defender's Office (WA) and to Western Australian Government Agencies responsible for water resources management.

Meet the faculty

Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2021, THE 2020). You will join and contribute to 90 years of excellence: we were the first law school established in WA and the fifth oldest in Australia.

Our graduates include a Prime Minister, a Governor of Western Australia, State Ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of WA, a Young Australian of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, and more.

While we have a long and proud history, we're also a closely-knit, creative and progressive Law School, fostering critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, a deep connection to our Indigenous past and present, and supportive student culture based upon wellbeing and inclusion.

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The Law School at The University of Western Australia provides students with one of the leading and most progressive legal degrees in the world.