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Graduate Diploma in Regulatory Studies

Course code: 3394 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipRegStds ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On campus (Melbourne city)

Course description

This innovative graduate diploma is being offered by the Faculty of Law in conjunction with the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The study of regulation is a relatively new discipline which both links and transcends the boundaries between the disciplines of economics, law, politics, criminology, sociology, psychology, organisational theory and public administration. To date, it has been at the periphery of most of these fields. This course will provide practitioners and scholars in these fields with a core set of ideas, theories and skills to apply to their activities.

Course objectives

The Graduate Diploma in Regulatory Studies provides a broad understanding of regulatory processes and techniques applicable across a range of regulated activities. It provides an understanding of law, economics and public policy for persons working in government in policy development, regulatory enforcement or the development of regulatory legislation, in private industry, law firms and in academia. The course provides current and future practitioners with the appropriate theories and skills to deal with the regulatory challenges that arise in all areas of national and international activity.

Course structure

This course consists of eight coursework units, each worth six points. Candidates may be given credit for up to four units for prior learning. Students who do not have an undergraduate law degree from Australia should consider taking LAW7212 (Australian legal system).

Candidates admitted with credit must complete a minimum of two units from the list of prescribed core units. The remaining units must be selected from the list of prescribed electives. All other students must complete a minimum of five units from the list of prescribed core units. The remaining units must be selected from the list of prescribed electives.

Course requirements

Core units

  • LAW7313 Regulatory fundamentals: concepts, constructs and context
  • LAW7314 The regulatory process
  • LAW7315 Regulatory methods
  • LAW7316 Regulating in a globalising world
  • LAW7317 Evaluating what works in regulation

Elective units*

  • AFF5011 Issues in risk management
  • AFF9020 Introduction to risk principles
  • BTC4180 Financial services regulation
  • BTF5100 Corporate environmental responsibility
  • BTX5000 Corporate governance
  • BTX5050 Asian business law
  • ECC4700 Restrictive trade practices and competition policy
  • ENV5050 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • GRS1005 Fertility regulation
  • LAW7037 Occupational health and safety
  • LAW7056 Competition law
  • LAW7078 Graduate research paper
  • LAW7083 Law of employee relations
  • LAW7212 Australian legal system
  • LAW7214 Utility regulation: law and policy
  • LAW7258 Consumer protection, self regulation and corporate compliance
  • LAW7306 Corporate governance and directors duties
  • LAW7322 Communications law and regulation
  • LAW7324 Energy law, regulation and policy
  • LAW7325 Regulation of Australian water resources
  • LAW7328 Case studies in regulation
  • LAW7329 The privatising state: reform, regulation and reinvention
  • LAW7334 European agriculture, food and wine law
  • LAW7335 Regulating the professions
  • MCE1213 Regulation and ethics in assisted reproduction technologies

    * Not all units may be available in every year

Contact details

Postgraduate program coordinator LLM , telephone +61 3 9641 6206, email or visit