Higher Degrees by Research

With a diverse range of research strengths, unrivalled research expertise and an international reputation for excellence, The TC Beirne School of Law provides every advantage to succeed and ensures graduates are recognised as international experts in their fields.

About our research degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Satisfy your interest for legal research and your intellectual curiosity, whilst being provided with opportunities to network and learn at an international level.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Find out more about completing an MPhil under the supervision of internationally recognised supervisors.

As an HDR student there are many areas that you could base your research on that can be supported by the vast expertise in the TC Beirne School of Law.

Learn more about current Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidates and browse potential PhD projects.  Explore our areas of expertise and find a potential supervisor. 


Student support and scholarships

UQ Graduate School administers the following scholarships:

Domestic students

Other scholarship opportunities for domestic applicants can be explored through the UQ Scholarships page.

International students

Other scholarship opportunities for international students can be explored through the UQ Scholarships page as well as Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships,  Saudi Arabia – King Abdullah Scholarship (KASP),  Germany - DAAD,  Chile - BECAS.

We have a range of resources available to current law HDR students. Explore current student resources


How to apply

Please familiarise yourself with the entry requirements.

Step 1: Identify your research area and potential supervisor

Determine your research interest and find a potential supervisor.

Step 2: Prepare proposal

In addition to Graduate School requirements, the Law School requires you to prepare a Research Proposal. The proposal should be approximately 2000 words and include the following information:

  1. Provisional title of the thesis 
  2. Area of investigation and/or the questions to be investigated
  3. Theoretical significance of the project
  4. Proposed research methods
  5. Proposed thesis structure including where possible, provisional chapter sketches 

Step 3: Engage potential advisor

Contact your potential advisor and further develop your proposal. The engagement with your potential advisor strongly influences the school’s decision whether to support your application for admission.

Step 4:  Submit application online

Prepare your documentation and submit an online application after your advisor confirms they are supportive of your proposal.

Step 5: School HDR Committee

Your application for admission will be considered at the Law School’s HDR Committee.

The Committee meets 4 times a year shortly after the Graduate School's quarterly application deadlines for the scholarship round. Application deadlines change every year, but approximate dates for the committee meetings are:

Meeting 1: January (late)

Meeting 2: April (mid to late)

Meeting 3: July (mid to late)

Meeting 4: September (late)

If your application is supported by the Committee, it will be forwarded to the Graduate School with a recommendation. The final decision on your application will be made by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Step 6: Graduate School assessment

The time it takes for your application to be assessed at the Graduate School varies depending on whether you wish to be considered for scholarship.