Master of Laws (By Research)

Murdoch University

The Master of Laws by Research will allow you to undertake research at an advanced level. You will achieve a depth of knowledge of the law of your focused areas of legal study which is not offered at the undergraduate level; develop your skills of critical analysis of the law by enhancing your research and writing skills and in oral presentation; and you will participate in a scholarly discourse with teachers and fellow students in order to achieve a breadth of legal scholarship. As part of this Masters course, you will be required to identify an Academic to supervise your topic. You will complete a research thesis up to 60,000 words, and your supervisor will determine a program of study to support the completion of this thesis. This may include units of study at the university to further your knowledge and skills in your study area, which the supervisor deems to be of central relevance to your research program. If you have not completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Research Honours, in addition to the thesis you will be expected to complete 12 credit points, consisting of Legal Research Methods for Honours and Advanced Supervised Honours Research, plus 6 credit points of electives offered by the University at 500 or 600 (AQF8 level). This course will enhance your qualifications and open opportunities for you to build a successful career in the legal profession.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in Law or equivalent; or Bachelor Degree in a different discipline plus satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of significant scholarly or professional attainments (of at least 2 years full-time duration or equivalent) in Law providing satisfactory research preparation the equivalent; English competence.


The course is designed to achieve theoretical knowledge of major legal/policy issues of focused study areas not offered at undergraduate level; develop skills of critical analysis of the law by enhancing research, writing and oral skills; acquire interdisciplinary perspectives to enhance legal scholarship and; participate in a scholarly discourse in order to achieve a breadth of legal scholarship.

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Murdoch No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
Named after the prominent Australian academic and essayist Sir Walter Murdoch, Murdoch was the second university established in Western Australia. Since the first intake of students in 1975, Murdoch has become a dynamic, modern university with a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and student satisfaction.

Murdoch university has three campuses. The main campus is on South Street in Murdoch and is an easy commute from the Perth CBD and Fremantle, whilst the Rockingham and Peel campuses are located further south of Perth. All three campuses are well serviced by public transport, parking and bike racks.

Provider CRICOS: 00125J

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