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Laws (Research), M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
The Master of Laws (Research) 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.

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. They provide the rigorous processes that are essential for the maintenance of academic quality and integrity in the University's operations, and that reflect the University's values of providing a formative, respectful, inclusive, flexible and innovative environment for the delivery of high quality research training for its candidates.

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
  • demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake, interpret and develop a legal research project using appropriate principles and research techniques in order to produce a scholarly dissertation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Methodology and Theory
  • LLM Research Topic
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Constitutional Law and Theory
  • Criminal Law and Theory
  • Securities and Financial Services Law
  • Taxation of Capital Gains
  • Comparative Corporate Governance Law
  • Issues in Employment Law
  • Principles of Evidence
  • Health and Medical Law
  • Global Law
  • Advanced Criminal Law

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
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

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.

Academic Requirements

Applicants for admission to candidature for the degree of Master of Laws by Research shall have fulfilled all the requirements for admission to a Bachelor of Laws from an Australian university at a level indicating the capacity to undertake postgraduate research or any equivalent qualification deemed admissible by the Course Coordinator.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    26000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26000 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    12700 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12700 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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