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.

The Master of Law and International Development (MLawIntDev) is a new specialist Masters degree that recognises the importance of law in international development while building on Sydney Law School's reputation as Australia's leading Law School in international, global and transnational law. The degree will prepare you for work in international development, including in specialist law and justice areas.

Units of study

Further course information

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

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.

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Law and International Development.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Law and International Development.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.