PhDs and research master's degrees

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 empirical 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, be inspired by stories about the impact of our research, our current HDR students and the awards they won during their theses.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an internationally recognised graduate research program that will enable you to become an independent researcher. 

Find out more about the PhD program

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

As an MPhil student you’ll be working alongside leading academics on an original and significant research project of your choice.

Find out more about the MPhil program

Begin your research journey

First, check your eligibility for a research degree by visiting the relevant program page.

Before you apply, you'll need to either:

  • find a researcher to supervise your own research project and apply for a scholarship, or
  • join one of our funded projects with scholarship support.
Let us introduce our current research higher degree students, their topics and advisors. We have 42 Higher Degree by Research students including full-time, part-time, local and remote, domestic and international candidates. 39 are working on PhDs and 3 on MPhil theses.
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.
Our academic staff refer to this register when they are seeking someone to assist with their research. Read more about Research Assistant Register and see if you are eligible to participate.

Contact us

Our team is available to answer any questions you might have about our PhD and MPhil programs.

Contact the HDR team