Master of Law and International Development

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

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This specialist master’s degree recognises the importance of law in international development. It is designed to prepare you for work in international development, including in areas where law is involved.

The program gives an overview of the role of law in international development, and offers units of study from six thematic clusters: Development and Rights; Environment Climate Change and Sustainability in Development; Global Health Law and Development; Legal Pluralism; Rule of Law and Governance; and Trade and Development.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

To qualify for the award of the Master of Law and International Development, a student must complete 72 credit points, including:

(1) 6 credit points of compulsory core unit of study;

(2) a minimum of 6 credit points of core units of study;

(3) a minimum of 12 credit points of capstone units of study; and

(4) a minimum of 36 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Law.

Students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning in recognition of their qualifications and/or experience must therefore complete 48 credit points, including:

(1) 6 credit points of compulsory core unit of study;

(2) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study; and

(3) a minimum of 24 credit points of units of study from the Faculty of Law.

Further course information

Progression rules

Students must complete one compulsory core unit of study, one core unit of study plus at least two capstone units of study. The remaining units of study are undertaken on an elective basis.

Sydney Law School may grant a candidate a reduced volume of learning in recognition of their qualifications and/or experience. Students that are granted a reduced volume of learning must complete one compulsory core unit of study plus at least one capstone unit of study. The remaining units of study are undertaken on an elective basis.

Capstone experience

Capstone study includes offshore units of study plus a research project.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Law is increasingly recognised as having an important role in helping to achieve development goals. Law is now central to the ways in which the international community provides assistance to developing countries to help reduce poverty, achieve the Millenium Development Goals, engage with the global economy, and improve security and justice, The past decade has witnessed a significant growth in the work of law within international development, led by multilateral organisations such as the UN and its agencies, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank and by bilateral donors such as AusAID, DFID and USAID. This has led to an increasing demand for legal qualifications and expertise in Australia and beyond. This degree will prepare you for work in international development, including in specialist law and justice areas.

Further study

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Other study options

There will be opportunities to participate in the Law School's off-shore courses in Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia and China and in specific skills courses such as project management.

Admission

Admission requirements

Applicants are required to have a relevant undergraduate degree in law, development studies, commerce, economics, environmental studies, government, international studies, social work, science or public administration, at an appropriate level. Please note that this information is a guide only and may be subject to change.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Law School. As many units of study are taught intensively, admission and enrolment in individual units may be possible year round. Please contact the Law School Postgraduate Team for more information law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Law School.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.