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Master of Business Law

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM185

CRICOS 081156J

This program is designed for those seeking a Masters degree in business studies with a focus in the law. The Master of Business Law will provide business professionals with a competitive, high quality, and flexible coursework Masters that expands their current horizon. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree. Entry is competitive and selection will be on the basis of academic merit. Normally a successful applicant would have achieved a credit average or better in their undergraduate degree.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM185
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent in a field other than law, with at least a credit average; or a completed Graduate Diploma in Business Law or Graduate Certificate in Business Law.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM185

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 081156J
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    This degree provides advanced career options in business, management and other professional fields.

    Please note: this degree does not provide admission to practise law. For admission to practise, please refer to the Bachelor of Laws in the 'Related Degrees' section below.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    A foundation Law course which provides the background for your study:

    LAW 7177 Introduction to Australian Law (3 units)

    The remainder of the program consists of 45 units chosen from the list of Law courses. It is possible to include courses from other disciplines within the University, subject to approval by the Program Coordinator. Seminar-style teaching is employed, with one course usually involving 24 hours of classes over a twelve-week semester. Some courses are taught during the evening or on weekends, while other courses may be taught intensively over two or more weeks.

    Research Component

    A candidate shall satisfactorily complete a substantial research piece of scholarship. To satisfy this requirement, candidates must complete one of two options.

       1.   A candidate must satisfactorily complete two 7,000-8,000 word research essays chosen from any Adelaide Law Masters 3 unit courses. These research essays are in addition to any other course assessment requirements. Where a research essay is part of the course assessment, the word limit can be extended to 7,000-8,000 words to satisfy this requirement.

       2.   A candidate must satisfactorily complete the 6 unit Dissertation course (12,000-15,000 words).

    Either of these two options will be undertaken once a minimum of 12 units towards the program have been successfully completed by the candidate.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Core course
    • LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law (PG)
    Elective courses
    • LAW 7007: Comparative Constitutional Law (PG)
    • LAW 7009: Mining and Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7034: Anti-Discrimination Law (PG)
    • LAW 7038: Law of Debtor and Creditor (PG)
    • LAW 7040: International Environmental Law (PG)
    • LAW 7042: Technology, Law and Society (PG)
    • LAW 7043: Corporate Governance and Security Reg: Int and Com Persp (PG)
    • LAW 7055: Comparative Corporate Rescue Law (PG)
    • LAW 7056: Competition Law: Comparative Perspectives (PG)
    • LAW 7057: Corporate Governance (PG)
    • LAW 7059: European Union Law (PG)
    • LAW 7061: Globalisation and the Legal Regulation of Work (PG)
    • LAW 7062: Selected Issues in Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7063: Government Business and Regulation (PG)
    • LAW 7064: Intellectual Property Law (PG)
    • LAW 7065: International Commercial Arbitration (PG)
    • LAW 7066: Private International Law (PG)
    • LAW 7067: International Criminal Law(PG)
    • LAW 7068: International Energy Law (PG)
    • LAW 7070: International Trade Law (PG)
    • LAW 7072: Work Relationships and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7073: Transnational Organised Crime (PG)
    • LAW 7074: Transitional Justice (PG)
    • LAW 7076: International Economic Law (PG)
    • LAW 7096: Sport Law (PG)
    • LAW 7098: Insurance Law (PG)
    • LAW 7099: International Trade Transactions and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (PG)
    • LAW 7120: Human Rights (PG)
    • LAW 7122: Transnational Business and Human Rights (PG)
    • LAW 7123: Perspectives on Property and Society (PG)
    • LAW 7124: Workplace Bargaining (PG)
    • LAW 7128: Advanced Contract Law (PG)
    • LAW 7125: International Financial Regulation (PG)
    • LAW 7129: International Humanitarian Law (PG)
    • LAW 7150: European Business Law (PG)
    • LAW 7151: Health, Medical and Biotechnology Law (PG)
    • LAW 7152: International Franchising and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7153: Personal Property Security Law (PG)
    • LAW 7154: Migration Law (PG)
    • LAW 7158: Corporate Law: Selected Issues (PG)
    • LAW 7160: Water Resources Law (PG)
    • LAW 7161: Bioethics and the Law (PG)
    • LAW 7162: Internet Law (PG)
    • LAW 7163: Competition and Consumer Law (PG)
    • LAW 7164: Criminal Law: Selected Issues
    • LAW 7165: International Security Law (PG)
    • LAW 7166: Company Merger and Acquisitions Law (PG)
    • LAW 7174: Advanced Comparative Law (PG)
    • LAW 7167: Legal Ethics
    • LAW 7168: Military Operations Law
    • LAW 7170: Public International Law
    • LAW 7171: Law of Weaponry
    • LAW 7172: Strategic Space Law
    • LAW 7173: Maritime Law and Geopolitics
    • LAW 7175: Comparative Law: Selected Issues
    • LAW 7176: International Insolvency Law
    • LAW 7178: Planning Law
    • LAW 7179: Special Topic B
    Students must complete either:
    • LAW 7025: Law Dissertation (PG) 6 unit course
    • two 7,000 – 8,000 word research essays chosen from any postgraduate coursework Law course each to the value of 3 units. The research essays will be an addition to any other course assessment requirement. Where a research essay is part of the course assessment, the word limit will be extended to 7,000 – 8,000 words to satisfy this requirement.
    Not all courses will be offered in any one calendar year.

    Note: other courses may be taken subject to the approval of the Program Co-ordinator.


    There shall be four classifications of pass in any course for the Masters degree:

    • Pass with High Distinction
    • Pass with Distinction
    • Pass with Credit
    • Pass.

    A candidate who has failed a course twice may not re-enrol in that course except by special permission of the Faculty; and then only under such conditions as may be prescribed.

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Last updated: Friday, 19 Jan 2018