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Completing a PhD or MPhil is a challenging and rewarding endeavour. The staff here at The TC Beirne School of Law are available to help you take advantage of the opportunities available as a RHD student and to support you in your journey to make new discoveries. 

There are a range of helpful resources below specific to completing Research Higher Degree in Law. These are in addition to the range of resources offered by the UQ Graduate School

Overseas opportunity

The School of Law has developed a number of multifaceted partnerships with prestigious law schools overseas.

UQ students have the opportunity to undertake study towards their PhD at Washington University in St Louis, MO, USA, for a six month period during their candidature. Students will be provided with a desk, access to the library and research resources, and linked with a suitable supervisor. For further information please contact Director, Research Higher Degree Programs Professor Graeme Orr.


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

The requirements for each milestone are set out in the document titled ‘Research Higher Degree Candidature Progression and Development’.

Candidates considering presenting a poster as part of Milestone 2, may be interested in viewing the following examples:

There is also some general information on milestones available from the UQ Graduate School.

Law school research ethics committee

Any student who conducts, for publication or as part of a UQ degree or course, research involving human subjects or data that might be sensitive to living persons, needs to apply for research ethics approval. 

This is particularly the case for research higher degree candidates doing empirical or socio-legal or interviewing work as part of their degree.  It may also involve undergraduate projects or interns doing research via the Pro Bono legal clinic.

The law school committee may approve projects it finds to be ‘low risk’.  It can usually do so in 1-2 weeks of receiving the application.  Any projects that are not ‘low risk’ require approval from the university level BSSERC (business/social sciences committee).  

Most projects in law fit the low-risk category, but formal clearance is required.  Applying is also useful in:

  1. requiring the student and their supervisor/s to focus on how they will frame the project, the clearances and consents needed, and how data will be stored, published and shared in ways that are ethical and sensitive to the participants.
  2. giving students feedback on such issues, via a committee with experience in the area.

The form for applications is the standard UQ research ethics application form  (via this link).

To assist with the form and the concept of research ethics, there are UQ guidelines (via this link).

More information can be gleaned from the chair of the law school committee, Professor Graeme Orr.

Assistance with applications/projects of higher risk/at university level can be gained via UQ’s research ethics officers.

Please note the law school committee cannot consider research projects that belong to UQ academics – these must be considered by the BSSERC.

Awards and scholarships

Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Research Publication Award

The Law School offers the Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Research Publication Award for RHD students. Details of the Award will be made available to all RHD students when applications are called for each year around June.


Graduate School International Travel Awards (GSITA) 

Currently enrolled confirmed RHD candidates can apply for GSITA to support overseas travel for their research.


Research assistance funds

PhD candidates can apply for a maximum of $4,000 from the Research Assistance Funds; MPhil candidates can apply for a maximum of $2,000. Application form can be found here.

Teaching opportunities

Please discuss with your supervisor and advise the Deputy Dean (Academic) if you are interested in casual teaching and tutoring.

Research Assistant (RA) Register

Resources and tools for candidates

The Graduate school has a range of tools to help you succeed in your RHD candidature

View RHD tools