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Doctor of Philosophy, Regulation and Governance

A single four year research award offered by the School of Regulation and Global Governance

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9560XPHD
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 049652D
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law
  • Academic contact
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9560XPHD
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 049652D
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy requires the submission and successful examination of a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

The Doctor of Philosophy, requires the completion of 18 units of coursework courses: 

REGN9052 Regulation and Governance; and

REGN9053 Governance and Social Theory; and

REGN9076 Methods in Interdisciplinary Research


Students have the option to complete a 3 unit course:  

REGN9021 Fundamentals of quantitative data analysis for regulators

Study consists of two to four years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to pursue the PhD in Regulation and Governance, you must:

  • have an Australian university honours degree (at the level honours 2A or above); OR
  • have equivalent prior studies in Australia or elsewhere (for example, a bachelor's degree plus a graduate diploma or a master's degree) that includes research work; OR
  • have a bachelor's degree and professional qualifications, work experience and/or published research that may be deemed equivalent to the Honours degree; AND
  • have met the minimum English language requirements for admission.
Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Regulation and Governance provides interdisciplinary training in the areas of regulation and governance, combining rigorous research with innovative forms of knowledge translation. The program is built on principles of justice, sustainability and human well-being and delivered by the dynamic community of scholars at RegNet, one of the world’s most vibrant governance and regulatory academic centres.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy successful and diverse careers in policymaking, law and research.


They are based in Australia and overseas, working in government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations, international intergovernmental organisations like the UN, and at world-leading universities and think tanks.  Alumni remain closely connected with the RegNet community following the completion of their degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to  key concepts, theoretical debates and practical challenges in regulation and governance in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and globally

  2. Engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the political and social processes of evaluating risk and designing regulatory responses to everyday safety, complex scenarios or catastrophic events

  3. Engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the actors, processes and politics of agenda-setting, rule-formation and standard-setting, norm-diffusion and enforcement by governance institutions in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and globally

  4. Develop, adapt and implement interdisciplinary research methodologies and interpret and use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods for regulation and governance issues

  5. Engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of diverse sources of information and develop clear arguments, delivered orally and in writing and supported by data and evidence

Inherent Requirements

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