Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMBusLaw
CRICOS code037248D
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Mr Phillip Lipton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge in business law and to develop an understanding of and an ability to analyse a wide range of legal problems arising in the practice of business law. The course is of direct relevance to those involved in the private, commercial, or government sectors where business law issues are relevant. The course will enhance legal skills for students seeking placements in legal commercial and governmental regulatory and compliance positions, especially in Australia and Asia.


Master of Business Law aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross-cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline-based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have advanced knowledge to masters level in business law.


The course structure has four main components:

  • a foundation unit in law and business decisions
  • a research paper as a capstone unit
  • a set of four units in business law
  • two open electives


Students must complete:

(a.) the core unit (6 points):

  • BTX5140 Law and business decisions*

*This unit will normally be undertaken in the first semester of study.

(b.) one capstone unit (6 points):

(c.) four units (24 points) from the following list:

  • BTF5240 Workplace taxation
  • BTF5230 Investment taxation
  • BTX5000 Corporate governance
  • BTX5020 Intellectual property laws
  • BTX5031 Insurance law
  • BTX5050 Comparative business law in Asia
  • BTX5070 Labour relations law
  • BTX5080 Workplace negotiations
  • BTX5090 Good governance and accountability in non-profit and social enterprises
  • BTX5100 Corporate environmental responsibility
  • BTX5130 International law and policy
  • BTX5150 Law of marketing
  • BTX5160 The globalisation of law and development in Asia
  • BTX5170 Chinese business law
  • BTX5180 Financial services regulation
  • BTX5190 International trade law
  • BTX5841 Human resources management law
  • BTX9651 Taxation law**
  • BTX9020 Business law (only to be taken if no previous business law study)

**Note: this unit is a prerequisite unit for taxation units.

(d.) two graduate units (12 points) subject to the following conditions:

  • units may be selected from graduate-level units offered by other departments in the Faculty of Business and Economics, or from other faculties of the University, subject to approval by the course director.

Additional degree requirements:

  • students can study a maximum of two 9000-level units (12 points)

Progression to further studies

This degree may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students considering a research degree are advised to consult a course coordinator prior to making an application.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Business Law early may apply to graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study.


Master of Business Law