Doctoral degrees

Bond University offers Doctoral level programs in all Faculties. These include the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).

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Doctoral level programs

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) must be significant original research. During the course of the degree the candidate will further develop their specialist knowledge and have deep methodological capacity. Depending on the field of specialisation, the degree culminates in an 80,000-word thesis. A Doctor of Philosophy is an internationally recognised research degree and is a pathway to an academic or research career.

Duration: maximum of 48 months

Entry Requirements: To be eligible for enrolment in a doctoral degree, the applicant must have a degree at AQF level 8 or higher in a relevant subject area from a recognized tertiary educational institution with a CPA of at least 75% in the major studies area (Honours Class 1 or Honours Class 2A).

Prospective candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency at the equivalent overall level of IELTS 7.0 with no sub-component less than 6.5.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

The Doctor of Legal Science (Research) program is a combination of coursework (two semesters) and a 50,000 word thesis (two to seven semesters). The research element of the program must be a significant contribution to the knowledge or understanding of an aspect of law. The Doctor of Legal Science (Research) will display the capacity of the candidate to carry out independent research at the appropriate level.

Duration: Maximum of 48 months

Entry Requirements:  An applicant having achieved a CPA of at least 75% in an LLB or JD from a recognised tertiary educational institution may, at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Law, be admitted to a doctoral program. Candidates for the Doctor of Legal Science (Research) degree must satisfy the Dean that they have the academic, research and writing abilities to produce a written research thesis in English of approximately 50,000 words. Admission is on the basis of an approved research proposal and availability of appropriate supervision. Applicants are required to complete six subjects listed under the Master of Laws before undertaking the thesis component.

Alternatively, admission may be awarded through transferring from the Master of Laws coursework to the thesis component of the research. Applicants will have achieved an average of at least 75 per cent in the Master of Laws coursework.

Prospective candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency at the equivalent overall level of IELTS 7.0 with no sub-component less than 6.5.

Doctor of Legal Science (Research)