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Faculty of Law – Pre-assessment Process

The Faculty of Law operates an informal pre- assessment prior to the formal application process. This enables us to give you advice about whether:

  • You are likely to meet our eligibility requirements;
  • We are able to offer supervision in your chosen research area;
  • You appear to have a viable research topic.

The informal pre-assessment process provides you with an indication about whether you are likely to be recommended for admission if a formal application is submitted. This can save you time and avoid the burden of a formal application if it is unlikely that we would be able to offer you a place.

The informal assessment process also provides you with an opportunity to contact a potential supervisor to refine your proposal and develop a working relationship with the supervisor. If you are admitted to our doctoral program, it will mean that you will have a good basis for starting your research degree candidacy.

It is sensible to commence the informal assessment process months ahead of closing dates for formal applications as pre-assessment to admission may take several weeks or months depending upon the amount of information we need from you and state of readiness of your research proposal.

If you wish to be considered for admission to our doctoral program please review the following before contacting us:

  1. Give thought to your proposed topic and question
  2. Consider whether this topic is aligned with the research strengths and priorities of the faculty and whether there is member of faculty with expertise in your field
  3. Consider whether you are likely to meet the admission criteria for the PhD or LLM by Research
  4. Familiarise yourself with the assessment criteria (see download link below) that will be used to evaluate your application

When you are ready to begin pre-assessment please contact the research team and provide the following information:

  • Copies of your undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts (in English)
  • Your CV
  • A brief outline of your proposed topic (not a research proposal only 100-500 words)

The Faculty Research Officer will get back to you within 2-3 weeks with an evaluation of academic merit based on these documents.

Please contact the Faculty Research Officer by email if you have any further queries regarding pre-assessment.

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