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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

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 titleGradDipRegSt
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


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


This innovative graduate diploma is offered by the Faculty of Law in conjunction with the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical 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, public administration and health. 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.


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.

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points


This course consists of eight 6-point coursework units.


Core units*

  • LAW7313 Regulatory fundamentals: Concepts, constructs and context
  • LAW7315 Regulatory methods
  • LAW7317 Evaluating what works in regulation

Additional core units for international students who do not have an Australian undergraduate law degree:

  • LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process
  • LAW7285 Legal research and communication

* Students admitted to the course with credit must complete a minimum of two core units.

Elective units**

  • AFF5011 Issues in risk management
  • AFF9020 Introduction to risk principles
  • BTX5000 Corporate governance
  • BTX5050 Asian business law
  • BTX5180 Financial services regulation
  • 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 Law for non-lawyers
  • LAW7214 Utility regulation: Law and policy
  • LAW7258 Consumer protection, regulation and 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
  • LAW7335 Regulating the professions
  • LAW7444 Economics of regulation
  • MCE1213 Regulation and ethics in assisted reproduction technologies
  • any other relevant unit with the approval of the LLM convenor

** Not all units may be available in every year.

Minimum grade for articulation

A credit average is required to articulate to a relevant masters program.


Graduate Diploma in Regulatory Studies