What will I learn?

Gain advanced knowledge in migration law with our practical and engaging Graduate Diploma in Migration Law.

VU is Australia’s leading migration law education provider. The Graduate Diploma in Migration Law is designed for legal practitioners, HR migration specialists and government workers to build on their knowledge and become registered migration agents.

Through applied research and study you'll gain the following practical knowledge and skills:

  • migration-policy expertise
  • legal research and drafting skills
  • submission-writing techniques
  • professional and interpersonal communication skills
  • knowledge about the migrant experience and human rights issues.

Our postgraduate program is flexible and adaptable. You can gain credits for past work experience, exit the course with qualifications at different points and progress to higher learning. By completing the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and the prescribed external capstone exam, you'll meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).

Online or face-to-face learning

Our program is designed for working professionals, and offers flexible options so you can fit your study to your life commitments.

Choose between our two tailored programs:

  • evening classes, entirely online
  • weekend face-to-face classes in Melbourne or Sydney.

We offer the only face-to-face program in Sydney, giving you the option of personal attention in small-group sessions.

Careers

This course is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed in a range of roles across industry sectors including:

  • registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
  • specialised migration lawyer
  • community law advisor
  • human resource assessors and advisers
  • policy work in government and industry.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core studies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Review conceptual frameworks and exhibit advanced technical knowledge of migration and administrative law employing independent judgement in their application in wide ranging contexts and communities

2. Interpret relevant provisions of the Migration Act, Regulations and associated legislation contextualised in cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to initiate creative solutions to multi-faceted problems, while respecting and valuing the diversity of clients

3. Provide complex assessment of and advocate for regulatory decisions for a range of stakeholders in a number of ways, including briefs, responses and visa applications, while balancing the interests of individuals and public good

4. Exemplify ethical and professional standards in the provision of migration law advice to clients both independently and also as a member of a team

5. Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters

This course may also offered at other locations. Please contact to the university for more details.

Which department am I in?

College of Law and Justice

CRICOS

096290B

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,000.00 (17,33,478) per year
AUD $16,000 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, July 2022

Venue

City Queen Campus

256, 283, 295 and 300 Queen Street,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$32,000.00 (17,33,478) per year
AUD $16,000 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022, July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into a graduate certificate or graduate diploma generally requires you to have completed an undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79. Section score no less than: Listening: 19, Speaking: 19, Reading: 18, Writing: 22. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (no section score less than 50); University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169. VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

For international students

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall of 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (with no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Victoria University

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  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
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