Master of International Taxation (MIntTax)

The Master of International Taxation will be offered to new commencing and transfer students for the last time in Semester 1 (March), 2017.
This degree will no longer be offered to commencing and transfer students after this date.
Students may apply for the alternate degree Master of Taxation

The program

The Master of International Taxation admits legal practitioners and tax practitioners who wish to pursue further in tax study. They will typically work for large law firms, major accounting firms in private practice, for government (in Treasury or the Australian Taxation Office) or for major industrial and commercial organisations (mining companies, investment banks, property and construction sector, and so on). The degree also admits legal practitioners and tax practitioners from other countries who wish to pursue further in study specialising in international tax. They will typically work for law firms, major accounting firms in private practice, and for foreign governments. The degree thus serves two audiences:

  1. Australian applicants who wish to acquire and demonstrate a particular expertise in the interstices of international tax law and policy, and
  2. Foreign applicants who wish to acquire a fuller understanding of the way that other countries handle international tax matters by familiarising themselves with the foundational concepts of international tax rules, and undertaking a comparative analysis of the principal building blocks of the tax systems of several countries.

The Master of International Taxation prepares graduates for work as professionals in the fields of private taxation practice, tax practice in commerce and industry, tax administration and tax policy analysis. It does this by equipping graduates with skills and knowledge to recognise, evaluate and advise on the legal, ethical and policy issues affecting the design of, compliance with, and administration of, taxation systems.

The program analyses both direct and indirect taxes, but with a focus on the international aspects of tax systems. The foundational units in the tax curriculum cover legal issues arising from the design and implementation of the direct and indirect tax base. The elective curriculum elaborates the core curriculum by allowing specialisation in tax policy and analysis, international and comparative taxation, and tax administration.

Program structure

The MIntTax requires the completion of 48 credit points of units of study. Each unit of study is equivalent to six credit points.

Attendance pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 week semester 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 generally 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. All classes are held in the Law School or another Sydney CBD location.


(from first enrolment)
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the School will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

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.

There are two course resolutions, please select from the dropdown box:

Students who first enrolled prior to 1 January 2014

Students who first enrolled prior to 1 January 2014 may elect to complete the award under the new 2014 requirements or previous requirements as follows:

Compulsory Unit of Study (2017)

Comparative International Taxation

Elective Units of Study (2017)

Australian International Taxation
Chinese International Taxation
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Economics of Tax Policy
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
Law of Asset Protection
Public Policy
Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Special Issues
Taxation of Offshore Operations
Transfer Pricing in International Taxation
UK International Taxation
US International Taxation


Independent Research Project

Candidates may complete a Independent 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.

 Independent Research Project Closing Dates  Semester 1  Semester 2
Application to undertake Independent Research Project  (doc)
  30 September
30 April

Current students

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Michael Dirkis


Members of the tax faculty are regularly invited to teach or give seminars at leading overseas universities and to act as consultants in the private sector and to government and/or international organisations. The tax faculty also includes part-time lecturers drawn from the ranks of Australia's leading tax professionals and benefits from visiting professors who are among the foremost tax scholars in the world. For further information please visit the Our People section of the website.