Higher Degree by Research

Make an impact while networking and learning at an international level  

We are a global centre of law research, consistently ranked above the world standard by Excellence in Research Australia .  Our dynamic and diverse research community leads progress in law across a diverse range of areas. Our candidates use doctrinal and empricial methods to tackle challenges as varied as family violence, human trafficking, food security, weapons technologies, corporate governance, legal pluralism, genetics and more.  

Discover our research areas and centres, our extensive program of research events, or be inspired by stories about the impact of our research

Potential projects

A wide range of potential research projects have been identified in the school. 

Is there a project in the list that matches your interest?

View potential HDR projects and advisors

Your research proposal

To be considered for a Master or Doctor of Philosophy, your application must meet the University's minimum entry requirements.  To be competitive, you will need to provide a research proposal for the school to review.  

Prepare your research proposal

What our past and present students say

Peta Stephenson

After having practised as a solicitor, I decided to undertake my PhD at UQ to pursue my interest in Australian constitutional law. I chose UQ because I wanted to work alongside scholars who are recognised, both nationally and internationally, as being experts in their fields. I have received supervision of the highest quality throughout my PhD candidature. This has given me the confidence to present my research at conferences and workshops across Australia, and to develop my own research profile.

Peta Stephenson successfully obtained her PhD in 2018 and launched her academic career

Andrew Fell

As a PhD student, I have access to exceptional academic supervisors to guide me through my research journey, and I feel confident that my qualification will be held in high regard by employers both in Australia and overseas. 

There is no doubt that UQ attracts amazing students, and being in such an environment drives everyone to achieve their fullest potential. This puts all of us in the best position to make a difference and create change.

Andrew Fell,  completed his doctorate in 2019 and is now a lecturer with us



Meet our current research students, their topics and advisors.

Apply for a Higher Degree by Research


For details on entry requirements, scholarships, and how to apply for a higher degree by research.


How to apply 

Short-term research experience

What is it like working as a researcher? You can get a taste with a short-term paid research experience over the summer or winter holidays. Find out more about summer and winter research projects.