Resources for current HDR candidates with UQ Law.



Students enrolled in a PhD will be required to complete three milestones during their candidature.

The requirements for each milestone are set out in complete detail in the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Progression and Development document (PDF, 155.2 KB). There is also some general information on milestones available from the UQ Graduate School.

An overview of the three milestones and their requirements are briefly sketched below. For complete detail you will need to see the HDR Candidature Progression Document linked above. 

Milestone 1: Confirmation

Confirmation consists of:

  • Submission of project proposal and one sample chapter that will be reviewed by one expert reader. The expert reader is an academic staff member who is not part of your supervisory team or your confirmation panel.
  • A public presentation on your research.
  • An interview with a confirmation panel consisting of two academic staff.

Milestone 2: Mid-Thesis Review

Mid-thesis Review consists of:

  • Submission of one half of your thesis to your supervisory team. 
  • A public presentation on your work-to-date.

Milestone 3: Thesis Review

Thesis Review consists of:

  • Submission of the penultimate draft of your thesis completed to the satisfaction of your supervisory team. 
  • A public presentation on your work.

Poster presentations are accepted for both Mid-Thesis and Thesis Review. Candidates considering presenting a poster as part of these milestones, may be interested in viewing the following examples:

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Funds, scholarships and awards

The Graduate School provides many opportunities for funding, including the Candidate Development Award and the Candidate Travel Award

Browse and filter across all funding opportunities for current HDR students.


Compete for prize money and get great experience in presenting in the annual Three Minute Thesis ® competition.

PhD candidates can apply for a maximum of $4,000 from School Research Assistance Funds; MPhil candidates can apply for a maximum of $2,000.  Contact us at to enquire.

Finally, the Law School sponsors the Owen Fletcher Award for research in law. 

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Employment within the school

Casual teaching and tutoring


Please discuss with your supervisor if you are interested in casual teaching and tutoring.

Research assistant register

If you are interested in providing research assistance to academics within the school, please apply online to be included in the Research assistant register.

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Ethics approvals

If your research involves human subjects, find out more about ethics approvals.

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