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With supportive supervisors who are leaders in their field, you can become part of an elite team of driven researchers. With great scholarships on offer, you can enjoy in-house workshops, seminars and be encouraged to publish as part of a strong and flourishing research culture. There's also funding for conferences so you can share your work and network as you go.

Visit our research page to find out more about our research centres and programs, our current research, our grants, achievements and academic journals.


QUT course code IF49
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Note: The part-time and external study options may be subject to QUT approval.
Course duration 3 - 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 Start any time
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online
Note: The part-time and external study options may be subject to QUT approval.
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Faculty of Law - research enquiries
CRICOS code 006367J


Whatever your area of interest, undertaking your PhD at QUT Law means you can have access to leaders in the field of crime and justice, commercial and property law, health law, intellectual property law and international law and global governance. It's your opportunity to be guided by experts who are immersed in vibrant research that makes a real world difference. There's also more detailed information about scholarships and student support at the university's PhDs and research degrees page.

Course requirements

QUT adopts a project management approach. PhD candidates work closely with their supervisory team to meet collegially reviewed milestones leading to timely submission of a thesis for examination. QUT is proud of its record of timely completions and low attrition rates realised by this approach.

During candidature the supervisor and other key stakeholders will provide advice and direction to the candidate to encourage their participation in university scholarly activities such as research seminars, teaching and publication. The length of the thesis varies according to the topic, but should normally be no longer than 100,000 words, excluding bibliography.


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

Course Design

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

You must have either:

  • a completed recognised relevant honours degree or equivalent
  • 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.

Once you've started your PhD, you'll need to complete your Stage 2 milestone to be fully admitted to your course. You'll usually complete this milestone within the first three months of study.

For more information on eligibility, read the admission criteria for the Doctor of Philosophy (PDF, 98.5KB).

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $25,800 - $32,000 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (subject to annual review)

2018: $24,800 - $30,800 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are normally covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic), as long as you complete your degree within the program's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTP.

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all research scholarships


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?

To complete your application, you'll need to:

  • check you meet the entry requirements
  • look at our research areas
  • agree on a supervisor and research topic with your faculty
  • check costs and scholarships
  • write your research proposal
  • gather your supporting documents.

Follow our step-by-step applying guide to make sure your application meets all the criteria.


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