Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) & Graduate Diploma in Jurisprudence (GradDipJur)

Exterior of Sydney Law School

The program

The Jurisprudence Program provides a graduate qualification in legal thought and theory, including the philosophy of law and the sociological theory of law. The subject-matter covers law in the context of human thought and the history of ideas as well as law in its social, cultural and political context. The focus is on the general principles of law, the operation and function of law in society and the comparative study of law across history, cultures and nations. While Australian law is used as a reference point for discussion and comparison, the units move beyond concerns of Australian law and consider law generally as a social and cultural phenomenon, together with its function and effects.

The Jurisprudence Program is particularly suited for interdisciplinary studies of law, catering for students who are interested in the principles and operations of legal systems or those who are interested in interdisciplinary research methodology. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. They include students with a bachelor degree in law who want to specialise in legal theory and comparative studies of law; students from other disciplines, including teachers of legal studies courses in secondary education, who require a systematic introduction to and a comprehensive understanding of the operation of law; and international students from appropriate disciplines who want to use their studies in Sydney for gaining an overview of legal systems and law in its social, historical and political context.

Program structure

The MJur requires the completion of 48 credit points of coursework (eight units). This comprises 36 credit points from coursework units of study and 12 credit points from the Jurisprudence Research Project on an approved topic.

The Graduate Diploma requires completion of 24 credit points (four units). 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 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.


(from first enrolment)
Master's Coursework FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
Graduate diploma FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 3 YEARS*
*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.

Compulsory Unit of Study *

Jurisprudence Research Project - Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) 30 April (Semester 2)

Elective Units of Study 2017
Constitutional Theory
Criminal Law: History and Theory
Functional Analysis of Law and Social Control
Neurolaw: Brain, Mind, Law and Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Precedent, Interpretation and Probability
The Nature of the Common Law
Theories of Law
Theories of the Judiciary

Enrolment enquiries

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.

Current students

Future students

Please refer to the Admission to candidature - School Handbook

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Master of Jurisprudence (MJur)

Graduate Diploma in Jurisprudence (GradDipJur)

Program Co-ordinator

Dr Kevin Walton


Staff teaching in this program have active research programs and publication records in administrative law and policy. Information on individual staff, their research interests and publications, may be obtained from the Our People section of the website.