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 Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMPhil
CRICOS code046125G
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Coordinator Email: Telephone: + 61 3 9905 3342

Course coordinator

Associate Professor John Duns


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


The Master of Philosophy program may be undertaken in any area of research offered by the Faculty of Law.The current principal research areas cover:

  • administrative law and regulation
  • commercial law
  • comparative law
  • constitutional law
  • construction law
  • courts
  • corporations law
  • criminal law
  • e-commerce and information technology
  • environment law
  • equity
  • evidence
  • family law
  • gender and law
  • mental health law
  • human rights law
  • intellectual property law
  • international law
  • labour and employment law
  • legal education
  • legal history
  • legal practice
  • legal theory
  • litigation and dispute resolution
  • resources law
  • privacy law
  • property law
  • superannuation law
  • taxation law
  • torts
  • trusts
  • venture capital law.


Students are required to complete a major thesis of 50,000 words which may be undertaken in any of the principal areas of research within the faculty. The thesis must embody the results of research in a field of study approved by the faculty and be carried out by the candidate under supervision. It must be the original work of the candidate, except where due reference is made in the thesis, display a thorough understanding of subject matter and contribute to knowledge and understanding within the field of study concerned. The requirements for the degree are set out in the Doctoral and MPhil Information Handbook, available from the Monash Research Graduate School website at


Master of Philosophy