Master of International Law (MIL) & Graduate Diploma in International Law (GradDipIntLaw)
This program builds on the reputation of the Sydney Law School in international law, and its capacity to deliver superior quality postgraduate coursework programs. The international law program is designed to appeal to both local and international students who wish to obtain a specialist qualification in international law. This is consistent with the growing perception that knowledge of international law is important to graduates from a non-law background wishing to work in certain areas of the public service and for non-government organisations.
Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.
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Master of International Law (MIL)
Graduate Diploma in International Law (GradDipIntLaw)
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Applicants are required to hold a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) at an appropriate level. Non-lawyers are eligible to apply for admission if they have an undergraduate degree relevant to international, legal or business studies.
Studies in International Law can be taken as one or more single units of study, or eight units of study leading to a Master of International Law (MIL) degree. The Master's program requires 48 credit points for completion. The Graduate Diploma requires the completion of 24 credit points. Each unit of study is equivalent to six credit points.
Each law unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Law units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time.
|COURSE||ATTENDANCE||CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER||MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
|Master's Coursework||FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||6 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||6 YEARS*|
|Graduate diploma||FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||3 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||3 YEARS*|
Units of study
Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.
Compulsory Units of Study (2014)
|International Law I #|
|International Law II|
|# Candidates must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in International Law I prior to undertaking other law units of study|
Non-Law Elective Units of Study
Master’s candidates must complete 6 credit points of elective units of study from the Department of Government and International Relations or the Centre for International Security Studies
2014 Master of International Law Non-Law Elective Timetable (pdf)
|Elective Units of Study offered by the Department of Government and International Relations (2014)|
|Australia in Diplomacy, Defence and Trade|
|Comparative Democratic Politics|
|Comparative Migration Policy|
|Democracy and Development in SE Asia|
|Development and World Politics|
|Essential Readings in International Relations|
|Forces of Change in International Relations|
|Foundations of International Relations|
|Global Environmental Politics|
|Globalisation and Governance|
|Governance and Civil Society|
|Governance and Public Policy Making|
|International Policy Making|
|Issues in Public Policy|
|Leadership in Theory and Practice|
|Northeast Asian Politics|
|Policy Making, Power and Politics|
|Public Management and Governance|
|Public Sector Ethics and Corruption|
|The State, Secession, and Civil War|
|Topics in Environmental Politics|
|Elective Units of Study offered by the Centre for International Security Studies (2014)|
|Alliances and Coalition Warfare|
|Chinese Foreign and Security Policy|
|Geopolitics of Energy Security in Asia|
|Health and Security|
|Middle East Conflict and Security|
|New Security Challenges|
|Nuclear Arms Control and Non-proliferation|
|Population and Security|
|Special Topic in International Security|
|Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'|
|Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific|
|War and Strategy|
International Law Research Project
Candidates for the Master of International Law (MIL) may complete an elective unit of study, International Law Research Project (12 credit points), over one or two semesters. The research project requires submission of a substantial research paper of 15,000 to 20,000 words.
- 30 September (Semester 1)
- 30 April (Semester 2)
The Sydney Law School has a long history of research and scholarship in international law. A number of prominent international lawyers have taught at the Faculty and the Challis Chair of International Law demonstrates the commitment of the Faculty to both teaching and scholarship in the area. For further information, please refer to the Our People section of the website.