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  • Health law
  • crime and justice
  • commercial and property law
  • intellectual property and innovation law
  • international law and global governance

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QUT course code IF49
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 3 - 4 years full-time
Start month 2016 & 2017 Start any time
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code 006367J


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:

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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

Academic entry requirements

  • A completed recognised relevant First Class or Second Class Division A Honours degree or equivalent; or
  • A completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)

Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval

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.

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.

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are automatically covered by the Australian government's Research Training Scheme (RTS), as long as you complete your degree within the scheme's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTS.

2017: $11900 - $14800 Per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under RTS. (subject to annual review)

2016: $14,300 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under RTS. (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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