Research at UNE School of Law
The University of New England, with its roots going back to the 1920s as a University College of the University of Sydney, has a long tradition of scholarship and research. The School of Law takes pride in continuing this tradition. Academic staff members of the School are engaged in innovative research in a variety of doctrinal, historical, theoretical, and law and policy research areas. Many members of the School have national and international reputations in their fields and more junior members are actively engaged in presenting their work in both journals and at conferences. At the School of Law, research is not an add-on: it is fundamental to what we do.
The School of Law welcomes expressions of interest from students wishing to study for an LLM or PhD and from any scholar interested in collaborative research.
Find out more about the research interests of the staff in the school.
Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law
The Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law specialises in researching the rules and governance arrangements that affect rural industries, people and the environment. The Centre is particularly focused on natural resource governance, conflict, social welfare (particularly of Indigenous people) and the governance of rural innovation. The team at the Centre supervise doctoral and masters research topics, and work closely with research collaborators in many countries.
The current team is 3 staff researchers, 4 postdoctoral researchers and an administrator. As well as doctoral students, we have an effective team of adjuncts and collaborators from industry, government and civil society, who work closely with us.
Recent funded projects address the future of natural resource governance, the control of invasive animals, natural resources conflict, Indigenous people’s welfare, and research methods to improve natural resource governance.
This document highlights just some of our key research areas, and study opportunities. Further details can be obtained from our website.
Post Graduate Degrees (Research)
Both the Law School and the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law encourage high quality students interested in PhD or LLM degrees by research to contact them. There are also potential cotutelle opportunities i.e., agreements between UNE and other approved universities to jointly supervise Higher Degree Research candidates.
Master of Laws by Research
The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research training standards. The Master of Laws (Research) Rules provide the framework for one of the University's AQF Level 9 awards. They provide the rigorous processes that are essential for the maintenance of academic quality and integrity in the University's operations, and that reflect the University's values of providing a formative, respectful, inclusive, flexible and innovative environment for the delivery of high quality research training for its candidates.
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research training standards. The University Doctor of Philosophy Rules provide the framework for the University's highest level award. They provide the rigorous processes that are essential for the maintenance of academic quality and integrity in the University's operations, and that reflect the University's values of providing a formative, respectful, inclusive, flexible and innovative environment for the delivery of high quality research training for its students.
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Admission and Enrolment
English Language Requirements
At least one of the following criteria must be met:
- English is the applicant's first language; or
- Satisfactory completion, no more than five years prior to the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed, resulting in an AQF award or an award recognised by NOOSR; or
- An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 7.0, with a minimum sub-band of 7.0 for writing and no other sub-band less than 6.5, or TOEFL IBT score of 91 with no less than 26 in writing and no less than 23 in listening, speaking and reading.
- Satisfactory completion of the Advanced English for Academic Purposes program (EAP Level 5) at the University of New England English Language Centre.
All international students should visit the International web pages for further information.