The UQ HDR advantage

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.

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About our HDR programs

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.

Areas for research

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.

Investigate potential PhD projects.  

Explore your research interest and find a potential supervisor. 

How to apply

Please familiarise yourself with the entry requirements.

Step 1: Determine research interest and find a potential supervisor.

Step 2: Prepare an application.

  • 2000 words proposal which 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: Submit an email enquiry to  In the email, summarise your academic qualifications, work and research experience, proposed research topic and potential supervisors.

Attach to this email your Research Proposal, Academic CV, Academic Transcripts, and Evidence of English language proficiency. (Referee reports are not required at this stage). Please wait for a response before commencing Step 4.

Step 4: Submit an online application.

Step 5: Wait for a response.

Once your application has been reviewed by the School (this may take up to four weeks), you will be notified by email if the School will be able to proceed with your application with a supervisor who matches your research interests. Your application will be then discussed at the School’s HDR Committee for the School’s support. Final decision of your application will be made by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Our student profiles

Read about the research currently being conducted by our HDR students and recently graduated HDR student projects.

View our HDR students


UQ Graduate School administers the following scholarships:

For domestic students

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (Living – for domestic students)
  • UQ Research Scholarship (UQRS) (Living – for domestic students)

For international students

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and UQ Centennial Scholarship (UQCent) (Living, tuition and health cover – for international students)
  • UQ International Scholarship (UQI) (Living, tuition – for international students)
  • CSC-UQ PhD Scholarship (Tuition – for Chinese students)
  • Top Up Assistance Program (TUAP) (Living – for international students)

Further information can be found here.

Other scholarship opportunities (international students only):

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

Saudi Arabia – King Abdullah Scholarship (KASP)

Germany - DAAD

Chile - BECAS

Information for current HDR students

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