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What will I learn?

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.

Course Aims

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.

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$28,216.00 (15,52,035) per year

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

Start date

30 June 2022, 31 December 2022


University of New England (UNE)

Armidale Campus,


New South Wales,

2351, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$28,216.00 (15,52,035) per year
The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

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

Start date

30 June 2022, 31 December 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A candidate shall: hold a relevant AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)), with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

For international students

Admission to candidature in the degree of Master of Laws (Research) may be provided by the Committee only when the Head of School has:

(a) certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed LLM program are available; and

(b) nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and co-supervisor(s).

The Committee may, on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School, admit to candidature into the course for the degree of Master of Laws (Research) an applicant who:

(a) hold a degree of Bachelor with at least second class honours (AQF Level 8) or (AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10, in Law); or

(b) hold a degree at AQF Level 7 or AQF Level 9 Masters in law leading to admission to legal practice and the equivalent of at least two years full-time, documented, relevant professional experience.

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 91 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component and 20 in listening, speaking and reading); or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum overall score of 64 with no skill less than 58.

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


About University of New England (UNE)

UNE is the only Australian public university awarded the maximum 5 stars for overall experience 15 years in a row (The Good Universities Guide 2021).

  • Based in Armidale & Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 70 different nationalities
  • The Armidale campus is spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options in Armidale