Doctor of Philosophy - Law

    • CRICOS Code: 056956G

    Fees & scholarships

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    Domestic and Indigenous Students

    The PhD and MPhil in Law are offered on a Research Training Program (RTP) basis only for local students.

    The RTP provides Commonwealth-funded Graduate Research students with an 'entitlement' to a fee exemption for the duration of their course.

    Further information on the RTP can be obtained from the Department of Education and Training website.

    International Students

    International applicants should familiarise themselves with the University's Graduate Research Study section for international applications. This site provides useful information on such things as housing, fees, English language requirements and the various support services available at the University of Melbourne.

    View information on the annual tuition fees for the Law PhD and MPhil programs.

    (Melbourne Law School's aim is for all international Graduate Research Degree candidates to have either a University of Melbourne fee remission plus stipend as outlined in the scholarships section or financial support from an external scholarship or other funding scheme.)

    Research Training Program (RTP)

    Most domestic graduate research students are offered a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship, which is funded by the Australian Government. If you are enrolled under the RTP you are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of your course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research masters degree. RTP-funded places are available to Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand Citizens accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy, Masters of Philosophy, doctorates by research or masters by research.

    Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

    If you are enrolled in a Research Training Program (RTP), you will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which in 2018 was $298 for full-time students and $223 for part-time students. SA-HELP, a government funded loan scheme, is available to help eligible students pay all or part of their SSAF. The Government’s Study Assist Study Assist website provides more information about SA-HELP.

    Other Financial Assistance

    The University's Student Financial Aid Service can provide you with advice and information on: Student loans and bursaries/grants, Government student assistance, including Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance, cost of living advice, budgeting and tax advice. Link


    Find a scholarship that's right for you

    Graduate researchers at Melbourne Law School have generous funding opportunities through the Law School and the University of Melbourne, as well as access to information and support in connection with a wide range of external Australian and international funding schemes.

    MLS Graduate Research Scholarship Allocation Process

    MLS has responsibility for allocating Research Training Program Scholarships (RTPS) and Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS). These scholarships are allocated by the Graduate Research Degree Selection Committee (comprising the three Graduate Research Coordinators and the Associate Dean (Research)) and are awarded in the form of a competitive allocation process. In order to achieve this principle for allocating scholarships, MLS adheres to the basic eligibility requirements set by the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research).