The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
The specialisation in public and international law brings together constitutional, administrative and public international law in recognition of the increasing interdependence of international and domestic law. An extraordinary range of subjects across the entire field of public law offers students access to the latest developments in theory and practice in Australia and elsewhere. The program will appeal both to practitioners and to scholars with backgrounds or interests in government, international institutions, not-for-profit organisations, business/government relations and international development. Students may specialise in international law, Australian public law or comparative public law, or may choose a range of subjects from across different areas to suit their own interests and needs.
Melbourne Law School has an outstanding reputation, both within Australia and internationally. This reputational strength is built on Melbourne Law School's exacting standards, and means that my Masters qualification is highly regarded by prospective employers. Dr Wendy O'Brien, Master of Public and International Law
Graduates of the Master of Public and International Law will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of public and international law, including:
- the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
- analysis and resolution of the complex problems of government law
- a range of alternative approaches to government law in other countries and systems and the methodology of comparative public law
- the context within which government law operates and the sensitivities peculiar to it
- the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
- the nature, major principles, processes and structures of the international legal system and the relationship between international and domestic law
- legal issues in contemporary public and international affairs
- the increasing significance of international law domestically, regionally and globally
- 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 public and international law
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
- 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 public and international law.
Subject Timing and Format
The Melbourne Law Masters program has been designed around the busy schedules of working professionals. Subjects are offered from February to December each year.
Most subjects are taught intensively, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the subject content. Intensive subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday–Friday or Wednesday–Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This intensive format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class. Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.
Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style and class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students.
Master of Public and International Law
Course code: 511AA
Students must complete eight subjects in total.
Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete Fundamentals of the Common Law, as well as seven subjects from the prescribed lists. They are also recommended to undertake the subject Principles of International Law.
Students with a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete at least seven subjects from the prescribed lists and may choose an eighth subject from those available in the Master of Laws (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law and the Minor Thesis). They are also recommended to undertake the subject Principles of International Law if they have not previously studied international law.
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)*|| 79 +|
|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.
|Per 12.5 credit point subject||$5,336|
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 two 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)
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Students who have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
There are six intakes each year for domestic students (see table below). The intake you choose will depend on when you want to commence your course. You can refer to the University Handbook for information on teaching dates for each subject. You only need to select one intake when applying.
Year commencing Intake Apply by 2019 Start Year (Semester 1) 15 May 2019 2019 Autumn 29 May 2019 2019 Winter 7 July 2019 2019 Mid year (Semester 2) 19 July 2019 2019 Spring 28 November 2019 2020 Summer 9 February 2020 2020 Start Year (Semester 1) 21 February 2020 2020 Autumn 29 May 2020 2020 Winter 5 July 2020 2020 Mid year (Semester 2) 17 July 2020
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: 25 February - 1 March 2019
- Mid year intake: 22-26 July 2019
Orientation for part-time students
Online via the Learning Management System (LMS)