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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMasterWkpl&EmpLaw
CRICOS code049560G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications

Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor John Duns


  • Part-time study is possible for up to four years.


The Master of Workplace and Employment Law is designed to provide graduates from non-law disciplines with a thorough grounding in labour law and is relevant for those working or who aim to work in the area of workplace and employment law or a related area.


The Master of Workplace and Employment Law caters for the needs of graduates in disciplines other than law who have an interest in the study of workplace, employment and labour law at an advanced level. It provides a formal course of training for non-law graduates working in law-related fields (eg industrial relations practitioners, human resource practitioners, industrial officers, management personnel etc).


The course comprises eight 6-point coursework units.


Candidates must complete five units* offered as part of the Master of Laws specialising in workplace and employment law. The remaining three units may be taken from any units offered in the masters coursework program. Alternatively, students can elect one of the following options:**

(a.) four coursework units with at least one unit in the area of workplace and employment law and a minor thesis of 25,000-30,000 words on an approved topic in the area

(b.) six coursework units with at least three units in the area of workplace and employment law and a minor thesis of 15,000-15,000 words on an approved topic in the area.

The units in the specialisation will be those which are specified from time to time by the faculty board on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the faculty. For further information regarding specialisations, visit

* Candidates with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction will be required to complete the unit LAW7436 (Introduction to legal process).

** In order to qualify to undetake one of the minor thesis options, a student mush have achieved a minimum of 70 per cent in each of the units undertaken.

Postgraduate unit offerings

The faculty endeavours to offer a broad range of graduate units each year across many areas of specialisations and practice areas. The units published have been approved for the purpose of the coursework component in the postgraduate programs.

Units are offered on a rotational basis. Students should check the current timetable to determine which units are available each year. The faculty reserves the right not to offer in a particular year any of the published units if it appears there are insufficient enrolments or if there are other over-riding considerations. Enrolment quotas may have to be imposed in respect of the listed units.

For further information visit

Thesis requirement

Candidates are required to submit a completed thesis proposal form to the postgraduate studies office (forms are available from the office). Students are encouraged to discuss their proposal with members of academic staff. If required, the chair, Postgraduate Studies Committee, will assist in recommending an appropriate member of staff.

Candidates must complete the thesis at a standard comparable to legal writings found in a learned law journal. For information on the requirements which must be met with respect to the certification of theses prior to submission for examination, contact the postgraduate program coordinator.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Law (Workplace and Employment Law) providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Workplace and Employment Law