Postgraduate

Master of International Law

Advance your knowledge in international law and open up career opportunities in government, non-government and private institutions where international law is relevant.
1
Year Full Time

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Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

This course opens career opportunities relevant to international law in government, non-government, not for profit and private institutions.
This course opens career opportunities relevant to international law in government, non-government, not for profit and private institutions.
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Career Opportunities

Further Study

You can elect to take a research component of your course which will provide a pathway to further studies. Research options include Doctor of Juridical Science, Master of Philosophy by research, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Laws.
You can elect to take a research component of your course which will provide a pathway to further studies. Research options include Doctor of Juridical Science, Master of Philosophy by research, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Laws.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
48
Total Course Fee - 2020
$32,800.00
Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
48
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
48
Total Course Fee - 2019
$37,300.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$38,000.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—1(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or 2(a) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; or 3(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; and (iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Develop your understanding of international law and how international institutions work.

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About the course

Advance your knowledge in international law and open up career opportunities in government, non-government and private institutions where international law is relevant. Taught by a team of international experts, you will develop a sound understanding of the theory and practice of international law and how international institutions work. The course is available to law and non-law graduates.
Master of International Law

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The majority of units are offered intensively throughout the year during the vacation periods and study breaks.
    For further information and unit availability visit the Law School web page.
Weekly contact time
  • Variable - includes intensive teaching blocks.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 21520
CRICOS code
  • 083868E
Master of International Law
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The majority of units are offered intensively throughout the year during the vacation periods and study breaks.
    For further information and unit availability visit the Law School web page.
Weekly contact time
  • Variable - includes intensive teaching blocks.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 21520
CRICOS code
  • 083868E
Full time/part time duration
  • 1 year
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of International Law

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Meet the faculty

Course coordinator Dr Melanie O'Brien

Dr Melanie O'Brien

Dr Melanie O’Brien is an award-winning teacher of International Humanitarian Law (LAWS5220) and Foundations of Public International Law (LAWS5224). She also runs the Masters Research Paper units (LAWS5694, LAWS5695, LAWS5696 and LAWS5697).

Dr O’Brien is an admitted legal practitioner who has previously worked at Griffith University; UQ; Anti-Slavery Australia; the National Human Rights Institution of Samoa; and the Legal Advisory Section in Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and the Australian Red Cross IHL Committee.

Dr O’Brien’s research examines the connection between human rights and the genocide process; and sexual exploitation by peacekeepers. She has conducted fieldwork and research in 16 countries on five continents.

Meet the faculty

Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2021, THE 2020). You will join and contribute to 90 years of excellence: we were the first law school established in WA and the fifth oldest in Australia.

Our graduates include a Prime Minister, a Governor of Western Australia, State Ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of WA, a Young Australian of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, and more.

While we have a long and proud history, we're also a closely-knit, creative and progressive Law School, fostering critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, a deep connection to our Indigenous past and present, and supportive student culture based upon wellbeing and inclusion.

Combined master's

In as little as two years, you can complete two master's degrees. Combine this course with the Master of International Relations.

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Our Postgraduates earn more. The starting salary in Law and Paralegal exceeds the national average.

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3 reasons to study a Master of International Law

1. You'll be taught a broad cross-section of units on various international law topics.
2. You'll be exposed to international experts in their fields.
3. You'll develop knowledge and skills marketable locally, nationally and internationally.
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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