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Master of Law (Research) - 942AA

Course Code: 942AA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
CRICOS Code: 061442B
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Research your chosen area of law at UC

If you are a graduate who wishes to advance your skills, interests, capacities and career by undertaking a substantial research project in the field of law, then look no further than the Master of Law (Research). During your time with us, you will develop advanced legal research and writing skills by producing a dissertation which will make an original contribution to research literature in your chosen area of study.
You’ll graduate having created an impressive body of work and will be ready to move onto the next stage of your legal or academic career. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Master of Law (Research) at UC and you will:

  • develop knowledge and skills in research methodology and research methods
  • acquire high-level writing and analysis skills
  • prepare a substantial dissertation which adds to existing knowledge and forms an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular legal issue.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a key component of this postgraduate course and in your dissertation, you will be encouraged to use your existing employment knowledge to undertake new academic research in the study of a professional problem in the field of law, engaging regularly with industry over the course of your studies.

Career opportunities

  • Sessional academic
  • Research officer
  • Research fellow
  • Lawyer*
  • Solicitor*
  • Barrister*
  • Judge*
  • Magistrate*
  • Registrar
  • Company director
  • Public servant
  • Policy adviser
  • Parliamentary counsel
  • Legislative drafter
  • Law reform officer
  • Senior analyst
  • Strategic adviser
  • Business consultant
  • International diplomat
  • Director of sustainability

*Subject to satisfactory undergraduate law degree and successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which qualifies you for admission to practice as a lawyer.

Course-specific information

Before a candidate is admitted to the Master of Law (Research) program, the University must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation, and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements:

  1. holds a bachelor’s degree with above average performance (or qualifications deemed to be equivalent) in the relevant discipline (usually in law)
  2. provides evidence of capacity and aptitude to undertake legal research at a master’s level.

Students whose initial qualifications are in a field other than law are invited to discuss their possible candidature with the course convener.

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5 with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all their education in an English-speaking country (as defined on the University of Canberra website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.

Domestic students who are accepted on this course are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for the standard duration of the course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the annual fee rate that applied at the start of your degree. Further information on fees for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found here.

Enquiries

Current & Prospective Students
Faculty of Business, Government and Law BGLHDR@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Before a candidate is admitted to the Master of Law (Research) program, the Faculty must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements:

a. holds a bachelor degree with above average performance (or qualifications deemed to be equivalent), in the relevant discipline (usually in law);
b. provides evidence of capacity and aptitude to undertake legal research at the masters level.

Students whose initial qualifications are in a field other than Law are invited to discuss their possible candidature with the course convener.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Law (Research) M Law(Rsch)

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2021

$22,800

$27,800

2020

$22,300

$27,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
The objectives of the Master of Law (Research) are to enable graduates to extend and build upon their research experience through:

1. A coursework unit that develops knowledge and skill in research methodology and research methods;
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2. Development of research, writing and analysis skills which enable students to produce a dissertation making an original contribution to the relevant research literature; and .
3. Preparation of a substantial dissertation which adds to existing knowledge and constitutes an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular legal issue or problem or set of issues or problems. .

Course Duration

Four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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