High quality, innovative research supporting social change and development across the globe

The Arts, Education and Law ( AEL ) Group undertake outstanding scholarship and ground-breaking research that makes a major contribution to society. The Group has around 400 academic staff and 600 higher degree research (HDR) students, contributing to top international peer-reviewed journals or generating significant exhibitions or performances.

Griffith Research

Griffith is one of Australia’s leading research universities


Register to participate in the Arts, Education and Law Three Minute Thesis competition.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges HDR candidates to describe their research in a language that can be understood by a non-specialist audience, within just three minutes.

Throughout the competition, participants develop their presentation and communication skills, honing their ability to explain their research in a brief and engaging manner.

Register for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

The Australian Research Council is responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) - the national research evaluation framework.

ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions. Our outcome’s reflect the high calibre research activity underway across the group.

Well-above world standard
( ERA 5)
  • Criminology
Above world standard
( ERA 4)
  • Law
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing
  • Archaeology
  • Historical studies
  • Studies in Human Societies
World standard
( ERA 3)
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • History and Archaeology
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Language, Communication and Culture
  • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Film, Television and Digital Media
  • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • Education Systems

Griffith Experts

Your guide to Griffith University's academic and research expertise

Higher degrees by research

Identifying HDR Supervisors

Applicants are expected to identify at least two possible supervisors in their application for admission. You may wish to contact the relevant HDR Convenor for advice on enrolment and potential supervisors:

Griffith Law School, Professor Leanne Wiseman
Queensland College of Art, Dr Laini Burton
Griffith Film School, Dr Tim Marsh
Queensland Conservatorium, Dr Catherine Grant
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dr Elise Sargaent and Dr Jacqueline Drew
Education and Professional Studies, Assoc Prof Jeanne Allen
Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Dr Amanda Howell

HDR scholarships

We offer a range of generous scholarship programs that can cover tuition fees, living allowances paid as stipends, relocation and publication assistance. Scholarships are offered to domestic and international doctorate or masters by research applicants in two competitive application rounds each year.

Learn more about HDR scholarships

Student resources

Griffith Graduate Research School ( GGRS ) is a dedicated point of contact for all higher degree research candidates at the University. GGRS works in collaboration with Academic Groups, Research Centres and Institutes to create a rewarding and supportive research environment for HDR candidates.

Learn more about Griffith Graduate Research School

HDR Advocates

HDR advocates will listen, provide information, offer options, seek explanations, make referrals, and provide informal advice regarding candidates' rights and responsibilities from a neutral perspective. The advocate roles do not replace any current University service, and may involve referring individuals to another University office where appropriate.

Arts, Education and Law HDR Advovates

Learn more about Candidate support

Grants and Funding

Comprehensive information for all grant and funding opportunities, including all dates, is available through the Office for Research.

Learn more about Office for Research

Indigenous Research

Our Indigenous Research Unit aims to improve socio-economic conditions for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Upcoming events


Post Conference: Community and Activist Media

Due to COV-19 this post conference has been cancelled.

Find out more here

LFC Forum

Law Futures Centre Forum

Legal formations of audio-visual recording

Understand the ways in which institutions of criminal law train us to see, hear and feel the truth of who did what to whom, when and where.

Find out more

Three Minute Thesis

Three minute thesis heats 2020

Register to participate in the Arts, Education and Law Three Minute Thesis heats.

Arts, Education and Law Research

Listen to our leading researchers and the PhD candidates they're supervising talk about their research and the benefits of their ongoing collaborations.

What to do with your online accounts when you die

Margaret Gibson from the School of Humanities and Social Science explains what to do with your online accounts when you die.

Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at QCA

A degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art provides students with the skills and techniques to take on today’s art world in all its various forms.

Meet our QCRC members

Join Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet as we meet with the Convenors of Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre's five research focus areas and discuss what excites them about being a part of this vibrant music community.

Contact the Dean (Research) office

Research enquiries

+61 7 3735 1808

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Location, delivery and postal address

Dean (Research)
(Arts, Education and Law)
Griffith University
Mt Gravatt campus
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt QLD 4122