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Master of Business Administration/Master of Laws (Commercial Laws)

Course code: 3196 ~ Course abbreviation: MBA/LLM(ComLaw) ~ Total credit points required: 120 ~ 5 semesters full-time, 10 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Business and Economics

Study modes and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

    * Some units may be available on campuses other than Caulfield

    Course description

This double degree course aims to provide a broad based foundation in business and management while providing existing and aspiring managers with the opportunity of developing specialist knowledge and expertise in business law.

Course objectives

The learning goals associated with this course are to: provide managers and aspiring managers with an educational experience that will enable them to become outstanding leaders within organisations; develop knowledge and skills across a broad range of business disciplines to enable students to effectively manage and lead an organisation; develop specific knowledge and skills in commercial law; further enhance communication, inter-personal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities.

    Course structure

Course requirements

(a) Students must complete 10 core MBA units (60 points) as follows:

(b) students must complete eight units (48 points) from the Master of Laws (Commercial Law) as follows:

Coursework stream*

(i) five units (30 points) must be selected from the specialist commercial law units. The units in the specialisation will be those that are specified from time to time by the Faculty of Law Board on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the faculty. For further information regarding specialisations visit

(ii) a further three units (18 points) can be selected from any units offered in the Master of Laws program. Students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction will be required to complete the unit LAW7212 Australian legal system (six points) unless an exemption is granted.

Coursework and research*

The LLM by coursework and minor thesis may be taken in two ways:

Option 1

(i) six units (36 points) with at least three of these from the specialist units

(ii) minor thesis of 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic in the area of commercial law

Option 2

(i) four units (24 points) with at least two of these from the specialist units

(ii) minor thesis of 25-30,000 words on an approved topic in the area of commercial law.

(c) students must complete a further two units (12 points) subject to the following condition:

  • the units can be selected from the Master of Laws (Commercial Law) or from faculties other than the Faculty of Law, subject to the approval of the course convenor (LLM).

Note: Within this framework students can take up to four units approved for the Master of Commercial Law by the Faculty of Law, provided the course convenor (LLM) is satisfied that the unit does not substantially duplicate a subject previously completed by the candidate.

    Professional recognition

Details of educational requirements for professional recognition can be found under the Professional Recognition entry in the Faculty of Business and Economics section of the Postgraduate Handbook.

    Contact details

MBA programs: telephone +61 3 9903 1166; email:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Peter Reed