Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR)

The Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR) is a coursework degree taught jointly by the Sydney Law School and the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies within the Faculty of Economics and Business. The degree has been developed specifically to meet the needs of two groups:

  • those with degrees in non-legal disciplines and
  • those with law degrees who wish to specialise in employment and industrial law.

The interdisciplinary nature of the degree has made it highly attractive for candidates whose professional life draws together both law and practice in the field of industrial relations. There are no other degree programs of this nature in Australia.

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.

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

Program Co-ordinator

Associate Professor Belinda Smith

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission requirements

Entry to the MLLR is open to both lawyers and those with relevant degrees in other disciplines who wish to specialise in employment and industrial law.

Program structure

A full-time candidature in the MLLR is one year, with a maximum completion time of three years. A part-time candidate may complete the program within a minimum of two years, and a maximum of six.

The degree requires the completion of 48 credit points of coursework units: 24 credit points from Sydney Law School and 24 credit points from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. 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)
*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 Faculty 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 Units of Study (2014)

Candidates must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the compulsory unit(s) of study prior to undertaking the elective units of study
Labour Law
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System *
*Candidates without a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.

- Credit will not be granted for WORK6116 Employment and the Law and completion of this unit will not be sufficient to obtain an exemption from the compulsory unit LAWS6071 Labour Law.

Law Elective Units of Study (2014)
Discrimination in the Workplace
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Employment Law Advocacy
Independent Research Project
International and Comparative Labour Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Mediation - Skills and Theory
Work Safety
Workplace Bargaining
Workplace Investigations

Non-Law Elective Units of Study

2014 Master of Labour Law and Relations Non-Law Elective Timetable (pdf)

Discipline of Work & Organisational Studies Elective Units of Study (2014)
Human Resource Strategies
Industrial Relations Policy
International Industrial Relations
Leadership in Organisations
Management and Organisations
Managing Communication in Organisations
Managing HR and Knowledge Systems
Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
Organisational Change and Development
Organisational Sustainability
People, Work and Employment
Performance and Rewards
Strategic Management
The Innovative Firm


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