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Supervisors & Research Culture

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.

We have PhD opportunities in five key areas of research strength:

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

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

Intellectual property and international law specialists

We have a particular interest in PhD candidates in intellectual property and international law and global governance. Contact us for more details.


QUT course code IF49
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Note: The part-time and external study options may be subject to QUT approval.
Course duration 3 - 4 years full-time
Start month 2017 & 2018 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 - Postgraduate enquiries
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)

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.

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

2017: $23800 - $29600 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (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:

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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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