Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
In the Law PhD program you will develop advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required.
This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode.
The GSBL Law academics can provide research supervision in a wide range of topic areas such as:
- Dispute resolution, Mediation, Legal education
- Employment law, Workplace relations law, Workplace regulations and policy, Collective bargaining, Workplace dispute resolutions, Comparative labor law
- Taxation law and policy, Equity law, the Law of trusts, Wills and estates, Succession law, Commercial law, corporate law and banking law
- Law and technology, internet law, artificial intelligence and law, robot law, blockchain law
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Mental health advance directives, Coercion and recovery, Therapeutic jurisprudence, Mental health tribunals, Comparative law, Regulatory governance
- Energy law, Environmental law, Renewable energy and climate law, Law and regulation, Electricity market regulation, Business and Human Rights, Corporate Accountability, Labour Regulation in Developing Countries, Labour Conditions in Supply Chains, Transnational Human Rights Mechanisms
- Criminal law and policy, Criminal justice, human rights in places of detention, Prisons and punishment, Criminal records and other collateral consequences of conviction, Criminal law and gender
- Law and politics, Constitutional law, Administrative law
- Intellectual Property Law, WTO Law, International Human Rights Law
- Labour law, Employment security, Industrial relations
- Sports law, International commercial arbitration law, Jurisprudence, International law, Contract law, Tort law, Company law
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT's Swanston Academic Building is the base for your business research career.
The building's features include:
- interactive lecture and tutorial spaces, lectorial theatres, small-group rooms and
- other innovative spaces to support enterprise formation.
- Formal learning areas interspersed with retail and social spaces and scenic outlooks over the city of Melbourne.
- wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources
- the School of Graduate Research office
- 5 Star Green Star Rating for Australian Excellence in sustainable design
The result is a stimulating environment to encourage creative and intellectual activity among a variety of users.
Research in the Graduate School of Business and Law
Research within the School focuses on organisational planning and strategy, corporate governance and law, user-centred design of information and communication technologies, migration and money, as well as a range of regulatory issues covering labour law, privacy law and transnational regulation. The School hosts interdisciplinary seminars and is actively involved with Asia@RMIT, the Global Cities Research Institute and the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre.
In 2012, the Centre for Innovative Justice was established, with former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls as its inaugural Director. The Centre conducts research on contemporary law and justice issues, collaborating with agencies and organisations involved in delivering innovative justice programs and provides opportunities to collaborate on research projects and policy development.
- Read more about applied research and our research capabilities in the school
- Discover more about research and the College of Business
Research at RMIT
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
Business Research Office
The Business Research Office supports candidates, supervisors in the College of Business. It is the central office responsible for coordinating and disseminating information about funding opportunities and research-related activities. Prospective researchers are invited to contact the Business Research Office to discuss potential candidature.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
Graduates will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, non-government organisations and corporations.
As a researcher, your mastery of the discipline evidenced through a substantial and rigorous research project and other contributions to your field of specific interest can make a real difference to society.