Study Opportunities

The AgLaw Centre has opportunities for high quality students interested in PhD or LLM degrees by research. However our standards are high. To maximise the likelihood of a successful completion of the demanding course of research we look for candidates who possess:

  • a strong academic record, preferably in law combined with another discipline
  • excellent English language skills
  • a willingness to undertake the degree full-time, preferably working within the Centre
  • sufficient financial support to be able to complete the degree without having to work for financial support.

Postgraduate Coursework Degrees

Master of Natural Resource GovernanceThe Masters program focuses on developing future leaders and managers of eco-service markets, such as carbon and water trading, and environmental sustainability issues, such as climate change.

Students have the opportunity to pursue interests in four aspects of natural resource governance: (a) the biophysical sciences; (b) relevant aspects of behavioural change including education and communication; (c) business including economics, accounting and strategy; and (d) law and institutional arrangements.

Completing this course will give natural resource managers increased interdisciplinary knowledge for meeting their legal and policy obligations. The coursework will enable existing natural resource managers to upgrade skills in this emerging and cross-disciplinary field, or facilitate a career change for those with discipline-based qualifications (e.g. teachers, lawyers, accountants).

Master of Laws (Coursework) The Master of Laws is designed for people with practical legal experience or those seeking to extend their knowledge. This course will enable candidates to broaden their legal and business knowledge and skills, and achieve a high standard of writing and research relevant to current issues in law and practice.

The program focuses on future leaders and managers of eco-service markets such as carbon and water trading, and environmental sustainability issues such as climate change. This course will enable natural resource managers to meet their legal and policy obligations, and to minimise the risks of litigation through interdisciplinary training. The coursework program will enable staff from consultancy groups, regional organisations (e.g. Catchment Management Authorities), and state and federal agencies to upgrade skills in this emerging and cross-disciplinary field, or facilitate a career change for those with discipline-based qualifications (e.g. teachers, lawyers, accountants).

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Master of Laws (Research) — The Master of Laws by Research is designed for people desiring to extend their research skills on a legal topic of their choice. Candidates will be required to complete the core unit LLM500 Research Methodology and Theory, before completing a thesis of up to 40,000 words.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — The PhD program is research degree administered by Research Services at UNE.  You are encouraged, as a first step, to determine your preferred field of study and you should discuss your proposed research with a prospective supervisor. These staff can provide you with assistance concerning your choice of topic and advise you on the preparation of your research proposal.

Further information on applying and enrolling in a Masters by Research and PhD course an be found at the Higher Degrees Research pages.

HDR Students

AgLaw Supervisory Approach and Support

A cohort of postgraduate students work under the supervision of the AgLaw team to develop new theories and methods to deal with intractable issues of sustainable production and communities. Key characteristics of our supervisory approach are:

  • a team approach to supervision, consisting of staff of the Centre, collaborators within UNE, and our network of adjuncts and associates
  • the potential to access (on a competitive basis) scholarships and supportive research fellowships;
  • an emphasis on ensuring that the student has access to empirical research collaborators, through our approach to engaged scholarship.

Scholarships

The University of New England has limited scholarships available on a competitive basis. In addition, the AgLaw Centre offers funding support for some projects.