Master of Laws (Research)

Apply your research to achieve change

Balance the scales of justice with a Master of Laws (Research) at Southern Cross University.

Our School of Law and Justice is a leading centre for scholarly research that is proudly theoretical, critical, cultural and contextual in nature and outlook.

This degree equips students for careers in legal research, policy development, public service and tertiary teaching, and advances career opportunities within the legal profession.

The School features three Residence Programs - Practitioner in Residence, Law and the Humanities Artist in Residence, and Judge in Residence - each facilitating professional engagement and a collaborative work environment.

Academic staff in the School of Law and Justice can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

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The School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University is a leading centre for scholarly research that is proudly theoretical, critical, cultural and contextual in its nature and outlook.

Snapshot

SchoolDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
School of Law and Justice 2 years Lismore, Gold Coast 051063G Dr Rohan Price

Thesis

A Masters by Thesis work must show evidence of competence in research and scholarship including:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes.

The Thesis must be clearly, accurately and cogently written and suitably documented. The work must demonstrate originality and a thorough understanding of the field of study.

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $26,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate Studies providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, SDHDRT and Head of School/College/Research Centre. For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or better, including a minimum score of 6.0 in the sub-bands)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the School/College/Research Centre and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate Studies, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature, and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

Areas of strength within the School include ecological jurisprudence, law, society and cultural change and global law and justice.

It also boasts scholars in fields as diverse as law and the humanities, popular culture, property theory, law and race, the legal status of nature, climate change, international human rights, the human right to water, the legal histories of the British Far East, and indigenous jurisprudence, amongst other fields.


Contact the Graduate School

Manager, Graduate School

T: +61 2 6626 9426

E: helen.wolton@scu.edu.au

For general queries:

T: +61 2 6626 9186

T: +61 2 6620 3705

E: gradschool@scu.edu.au

Dean, Graduate Studies

T: +61 2 6620 3742

E: les.christidis@scu.edu.au

General contacts:

For general contact details please visit our contacts page.

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