Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Philosophy

Testamur Title of Degree:

Master of Philosophy (Law)
Master of Philosophy (Maritime Studies)



My University:

Law, Laws, Legal, Maritime Studies


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:


Delivery Mode:

On campus

Starting Session(s):

*Course on offer from Spring 2013



UOW Course Code:





Master of Philosophy candidates undertake both coursework and research. The coursework helps prepare them to undertake in-depth research in order to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a chosen field of study. This qualification can lead to, or enhance, an academic career and is also highly regarded by public and private sector employers.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

A bachelor plus a Coursework masters degree with a minimum Credit Average (65% or GPA 3.0 out of 4.0), or a four year Bachelor Honours degree (with a minimum of 2-2 honours) are typical entry requirements for the MPhil. A three year Bachelor degree (without Honours) but with a Distinction average (75%) may also be a suitable entry requirement, if in the same discipline as the proposed MPhil program. Research related and professional experience will also be considered when assessing qualifications. The Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS) for the relevant unit will approve entry into the MPhil based on academic results and professional experience.

For International students the English language entry criteria will be as indicated on the University website:

Candidates with a Coursework masters degree or a four year Bachelor (Honours) degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24cp of advanced standing for the coursework component of the MPhil.

Course Requirements

The degree comprises a coursework component (24cp) and a research component (72cp). The coursework component of the degree will comprise 24cp of 900 level subjects approved by the HPS. As part of the coursework component, it is recommended that each international candidate complete RESH900, unless waived by the HPS. Each Faculty shall publish, on their web site, the required compulsory and elective subjects, for the coursework component of each specialisation.

Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the MPhil. In the research component, which comprises 48cp, candidates prepare their research thesis. Candidates enrol in THES924 (24cp, full time) or THES912 (12cp, part-time) each session. This component represents one year of study, for full time students.

A transfer, from MPhil to PhD, may be possible after successful completion of the coursework and at least 9 months of the thesis component, see the HDR Handbook for further details.

Note that students who wish to withdraw from the MPhil and apply for entry to a postgraduate coursework degree can received up to 24cp of advanced standing.

Course Program


Credit Points


LAW 993

Research Essay


LAW 993

Legal Research Proposal


Maritime Studies

CMP 911

Research Project in Maritime Studies


Current Research Areas

    • Anti-discrimination law

    • Company law

    • Comparative law

    • Conflict of laws

    • Constitutional law

    • Criminal law

    • Cross-cultural legal issues

    • Environmental and planning law

    • Family Law

    • Fisheries law and policy

    • Human rights

    • Indigenous people and law

    • Industrial relations law

    • Intellectual property law

    • Interdisciplinary law-related research

    • International law

    • Islamic law

    • Law of the sea

    • Law society and culture

    • Maritime Policy

    • Maritime security

Other Information

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Last reviewed: 28 May, 2013