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Our research strengths are in five key areas:

Health law; crime and justice; commercial and property law; intellectual property and innovation law and environment and natural resource law

Visit our research page to find out more about each of these areas, our current research, our grants, achievements and academic journals.


QUT course code IF49
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Note: Part-time and external study options may be available depending on the project, infrastructure requirements and funding arrangements.
Course duration
Note: The expected duration is three to four years full-time, or six to eight years part-time.
Start month 2015 & 2016
Note: At any time. Requires approval.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
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The QUT Law Faculty is home to three leading research centres, housing passionate experts in their fields of research. Find out more about each Centre and their projects by visiting their websites:

Health Law Research Centre

Crime and Justice Research Centre

Commercial and Property Law Centre

Whatever your area of interest, undertaking your PhD at QUT Law means you can have access to leaders in the field of health, crime, commerical and environment law. It's your opportunity to be guided by experts who are immersed in vibrant research that makes a real world difference. You may also like to read about the support QUT offers to research students at our Why Research at QUT page. There's also more detailed information about scholarships and student support at the university's PhDs and research degrees page.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Doctor of Philosophy (Hosted by Faculty of Law)

Mandatory units:

  • IFN001 Advanced Information Retrieval Skills
  • Time-based Thesis

Other units as agreed by student in negotiation with their supervisor and faculty.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy depends on an applicant’s demonstrated research aptitude and the availability of supervision, infrastructure and resources needed for the proposed research project.

An applicant would normally hold:

  • a relevant first or second class division A honours degree or equivalent, or
  • an appropriate masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)

Masters and professional doctorates degrees by coursework must contain a significant research component, normally no less than 25%.

Holders of masters and professional doctorates by coursework must:

  • have a grade point average of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

Research Training Scheme funded. Tuition fees may apply for exceeding maximum time - 2015: $13,670 per Study Period (full-time) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Doctor of Philosophy (Hosted by Faculty of Law)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Looked at our research areas
  2. Selected your degree
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked if you're eligible for a scholarship
  5. Agreed on a supervisor with your faculty
  6. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  7. Written your research proposal
  8. Gathered your supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Submit your application


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