Master of Public and International Law

Melbourne Law School

Program Description

Master of Public and International Law

Melbourne Law School

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in public and international law brings together constitutional, administrative and public international law in recognition of the increasing interdependence of international and domestic law. An extraordinary range of subjects across the entire field of public law offers students access to the latest developments in theory and practice in Australia and elsewhere. The program will appeal both to practitioners and to scholars with backgrounds or interests in government, international institutions, not-for-profit organisations, business/government relations and international development. Students may specialise in international law, Australian public law or comparative public law, or may choose a range of subjects from across different areas to suit their own interests and needs.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Public and International Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of public and international law, including:
    • the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
    • analysis and resolution of the complex problems of government law
    • a range of alternative approaches to government law in other countries and systems and the methodology of comparative public law
    • the context within which government law operates and the sensitivities peculiar to it
    • the legal and institutional framework for Australian government in theory and practice
    • the nature, major principles, processes and structures of the international legal system and the relationship between international and domestic law
    • legal issues in contemporary public and international affairs
    • the increasing significance of international law domestically, regionally and globally
  • Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
    • analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in the field of public and international law
    • research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice
    • interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of public and international law.

Subject Timing and Format

  • All subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
  • Around 90% of subjects are offered on an intensive basis.
  • Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
  • Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.

Intensive Subjects
Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.

Subjects are taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.

Semester-length Subjects
Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening during the semester.

Subject Materials
Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading materials are released to the time assessment is due.

Class Attendance
Students must attend at least 75% of classes for each subject. It is currently not possible to undertake the course by distance learning.


FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible Australian citizens for fee-paying graduate coursework programs.

University resources:

  • Options to finance your graduate study
  • Fees - policy and administrative information


International students may be eligible for two categories of Australian scholarships:

  • Australian Awards Scholarships
  • Endeavour Scholarships

Scholarships may also be provided by government and non-government organisations in a students' home country. Please contact the relevant organisation in your country for specific details.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Per 12.5 credit point subject: $A4,736
Total course: $A37,888
Students will need to pay the prescribed subject fees. Subject fees will increase from year to year. Fees will not be held constant for any period.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed:

  • A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, at honours standard, or equivalent or
  • A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience or
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience or
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional experience.

In assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance, and if necessary
  • Professional experience.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

Also, in considering whether to admit an applicant the Selection Committee will consider:

  • The quality of the degree(s) that the applicant has previously been awarded
  • The standing and reputation of the university or universities that awarded the degree(s)
  • The duration and type of work experience the applicant has obtained
  • The relevance of the applicant's work experience to the course for which they have applied.

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

All applicants must also meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.

You can use TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or CAE to meet the University's English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and within the 24 months preceding application. The University of Melbourne TOEFL Institution Code is 0974.

IELTS* (academic English Only) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL (paper-based test)* 577 + TWE 4.5
TOEFL (internet-based test)* 79 +
Writing 21;
Speaking 18;
Reading 13;
Listening 13
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58-64 inclusive & no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 58 + no less than Borderline in each skill.
*Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Last updated February 12, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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12 months
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Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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