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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Taxation & Business Law

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Why choose this research degree?

  • Make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in taxation and business law studies
  • Produce a high quality thesis under the supervision of a qualified member of academic staff
  • Access the very latest business research and learn from high profile academics
  • Be part of the UNSW Business School’s vibrant, globally recognised research community
  • Opportunity to be published in a leading international journal

Who is this degree for?

  • Graduates with excellent results in their undergraduate (honours) degree
  • Postgraduates with excellent results in their Masters by research degree 

Job and career prospects

  • Academic and research positions in Australia or overseas
  • Business Law and Taxation research and analysis roles

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Taxation & Business Law consists of two core courses, two postgraduate level courses and a thesis. The research thesis must demonstrate a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the field of study.

The core courses will give you the ability to critically analyse research methodology. You’ll present, explain and defend your thesis research at a school seminar or to a review panel. You’ll also need to attend selected research seminars during your PhD.


The following courses are completed in the first year of study.

Study two compulsory core courses

TABL5805 Research Methods in Taxation and Business Law

This course provides an introduction to the research process and analytical skills with particular reference to postgraduate tax research. The aim of the course is to assist students in developing a broad understanding of research processes in general, and taxation research skills in particular. These research skills, which include legal, qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches, will enable students to successfully complete their research projects.

TABL5810 Dissertation Proposal

This course will instruct and guide students in the appropriate preparation and presentation of their proposed thesis and will assist them in identifying their research questions and the methodologies to be used. The course will be delivered by means of a series of meetings between an academic supervisor and the student. Where possible, one or more workshops will be run for group of students at an appropriate venue or by means of electronic conferencing media. Examples and guides will be provided as appropriate for various aspects of the course.
At the end of the course students will have developed:-
a statement of their dissertation topic;- a statement of the contribution their topic will make to the subject area;- a concise statement of the research objectives;- a thorough literature review;- a short explanation of the methodology to be used;- a research plan setting out the timetable for research and writing; and- a draft outline of chapters to be written and of structure of the thesis.

Postgraduate courses*

  • Plus any two UNSW Business School postgraduate level courses

*Course selection in consultation with supervisor or postgraduate research coordinator.

  • A four year undergraduate degree with honours class IIA or higher in a related discipline; or
  • A strong masters by research degree in a related discipline; or
  • An equivalent academic qualification or level of experience

English language requirements also apply

Information on how to apply for this degree is available at How to apply for a research degree.

We know you're busy balancing postgraduate study with your personal and other work commitments. So UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support helps you make the most of every day on campus.

Expand your professional network

Your postgraduate cohort is more than a valuable future business network – you'll make lifelong friends in class and at a range of social events. Join a student club – there are more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from. The Graduate Student Association is a great place to start.  Find out more

All the support you need to achieve

If it has been a while since you last studied, you may need to brush up on your skills. We'll help with study skills workshops and Career Mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights and the Business School's LEAD Business Leadership program, as well as many other orientation, leadership and mentor programs, can open the door to new opportunities. Find out more

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams.

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios.

Make the most of every opportunity

Your postgraduate degree is a unique chance to get a new perspective on life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It's a great way to further develop your leadership, project management or specialist skills.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Assumed Knowledge
Taxation or Business Law, Research experience
Study Mode
Face to face
Full-time 3-4 years; Part-time 5-8 years
Commencing semesters
Semester 1 - March
Semester 2 - July

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