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Laws (Research), LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) , | Online
The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research training standards. The Master of Laws (Research) Rules provide the framework for one of the University's AQF Level 9 awards.


Course Aims

The Master of Laws (Research) offered at University of New England aims to enable candidates to develop and deepen their knowledge and advanced research skills through undertaking legal research on a significant legal topic in a scholarly dissertation, either for academic or professional purposes. 

The course also aims to provide candidates with theoretical knowledge and relevant advanced research methodologies for conducting advanced research in a specialised area of law, including legal theory, corporate law, comparative law, biotechnology and intellectual property law, human rights, international law or legal history or interdisciplinary studies of law and policy.

Knowledge of a Discipline

Students are presented with appropriate teaching and assessment experiences to enable them to develop and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in a chosen area of law or an area involving the interdisciplinary study of law. Students are taught and encouraged to take a global perspective in evaluating the law, legal theories and related public policy.

Communication Skills

Students are taught and trained to demonstrate high-level scholarly written and oral communication skills which must be demonstrated in the final dissertation. The foundational unit has been designed to facilitate student interaction and collarboration with their peers and for them to practise the skills of communicating effectively and confidently both orally and in writing.

Problem Solving

The primary focus of any legal and interdisciplinary research is on seeking legal and practical solutions to complex legal and social problems. This is assessed through the written dissertation.

Information Literacy

Students are assessed on their ability to use advanced legal research methods through assessment of their dissertation.

Programme Structure

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced skills in research analysis and the written or oral communication of complex ideas;
  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of legal theories in a chosen area of law or interdisciplinary studies in law and critical examination of the relationship between those theories and contemporary legal and social problems;
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of, and an ability to apply, selected methodological approaches to legal research in order to identify and critically analyse complex legal and policy problems;
  • apply higher-level legal writing, research and communication skills in order to apply the results of their specialised knowledge effectively for resolving contemporary legal and social problems; and

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      Up to 4 years Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

CRICOS Code 051776G

1. Admission to candidature in the degree of Master of Laws (Research) may be provided by the Committee only when the Head of School has:

(a) certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed LLM program are available; and

(b) nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and co-supervisor(s) in accordance with Rule 4.

2. The Committee may, on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School, admit to candidature into the course for the degree of Master of Laws (Research) an applicant who:

(a) hold a degree of Bachelor with at least second class honours (AQF Level 8) or (AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10, in Law); 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26250 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26250 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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national fee per 6cp- $3,119

Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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