The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
Melbourne Law School's specialisation in international tax enables tax professionals, academics and government officials from Australia or other countries to study international and comparative tax law and policy in a global context, working side by side with colleagues from Australia and many other countries.
The international tax program is a globally recognised specialist tax qualification equipping graduates for the practice of taxation law in a rapidly changing economic world. The program is designed for those building a career in tax law, whether from Australia or overseas, in which international taxation will play a key role.
Students have a substantial selection of international and comparative tax subjects, combined with a choice from the range of subjects in the Law School's broader core and specialist tax and commercial law programs. All subjects are taught by leading international or Australian academic and professional experts with stellar reputations in the field of international tax.
- Professor Miranda Stewart, Director of Studies
Graduates of the Master of International Tax will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of international tax including:
- the rules that apply to residents deriving foreign source income and non-residents driving Australian source income
- the design of tax systems in a global economy and the interaction of the tax rules of sovereign countries
- the role of bi-lateral treaties between trading partners and the ability of one country to influence outcomes
- the role of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations in developing bi-lateral treaties
- current debates on the applicability of existing corporate and international tax systems and proposed solutions
- Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
- analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of international tax
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
- interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of international tax.
Master of International Tax
Course code: 192AA
Students in the Master of International Tax must complete 100 credit points from the prescribed list. If students are required or choose to undertake Foundations of Tax Law, they should choose the remaining 87.5 credit points from the prescribed list. However, up to 25 credit points may be selected from the subjects offered in the Master of Tax or Master of Commercial Law by students enrolled in the Master of International Tax.
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Applicants must have completed:
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, at honours standard, or equivalent
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional experience.
In assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance
- Professional experience (if necessary).
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.
Also, in considering whether to admit an applicant the Selection Committee will consider:
- The quality of the degree(s) that the applicant has previously been awarded
- The standing and reputation of the university or universities that awarded the degree(s)
- The duration and type of work experience the applicant has obtained
- The relevance of the applicant's work experience to the course for which they have applied.
Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
All applicants must also meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.
You can use TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or CAE to meet the University's English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and within the 24 months preceding application. The University of Melbourne TOEFL Institution Code is 0974.
|IELTS* (academic English Only)||6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)|
|TOEFL (paper-based test)*||577 + TWE 4.5|
|TOEFL (internet-based test)*||
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||58 + no communicative skill below 50|
|Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||176 + no skill below 169|
* Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.
There are also other ways to satisfy the English language requirement.
It is also recommended that international applicants contact their nearest Australian Embassy or High Commission to ascertain the English requirements for obtaining a student visa.
The course and subject fees are the same for domestic and international students.
|Masters degrees||2020 fees|
|Per 12.5 credit point subject||$5,552|
Students will need to pay the prescribed subject fees. Subject fees will increase from year to year. Fees will not be held constant for any period.
FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that helps eligible Australian fee-paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees.
International students may be eligible for the following categories of Australian scholarships:
Scholarships may also be provided by government and non-government organisations in a students' home country. Please contact the relevant organisation in your country for specific details.
- Melbourne Law School - Scholarships, Prizes and Awards
- University of Melbourne - Scholarships
- Scholarships in Australia (The Good Universities Guide)
Melbourne Law Masters Indigenous Bursary
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons admitted to any of our Melbourne Law Masters courses at Melbourne Law School will receive a bursary to cover approximately 75% of their course fees. If you are offered a place, we will contact you with next steps to receive your bursary. For further information, please contact email@example.com
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- Australian or New Zealand citizens
- Australian permanent residents
- Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders
The majority of students will start in either the Semester 1 (start of year) or Semester 2 (mid year) intake:
Begin study in Applications close* 2020 Semester 1 (February) 21 February 2020 2020 Semester 2 (July) 17 July 2020
For students wishing to begin study outside of the normal intake periods (e.g. A Winter intensive subject) - find your first subject's starting date in the Handbook, then find the name of the intake period you should apply for below.
First subject commences in Intake name August to November Spring December to early February Summer March to May Autumn June to early July Winter
Applicants are advised to apply at least a month prior to the start of the subject.
Note: Students will need to ensure their desired subject hasn't yet reached it's quota limit - view class quotas on the MLM enrolment status page.
There are two intakes each year for international students.
Application closing dates
- Start Year Intake (commencing February): 31 October
- Mid Year Intake (commencing July): 30 April
Once we receive the completed application we aim to have a response to you within four to six weeks.
Orientation week for full-time students
- Start year intake: 24–28 Feb 2020
- Mid year intake: 20–24 July 2020
Orientation for part-time students
Online via the Learning Management System (LMS)