Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMasterHumanRightsLaw
CRICOS code055071G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Moira Paterson


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


This course provides advanced offerings in this area for graduates in disciplines other than law. The extensive range of units enables students to develop and enhance their knowledge across the breadth of human rights law. The program is attractive for those who seek employment by human rights related organisations such as international human rights non-government organisations (NGOs) and international development agencies.The graduate program focuses upon both a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of human rights law and its practical application as well as addressing advanced and current issues from both a local and international perspective.


This course seeks to provide students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the international human rights legal framework, the organisations that promote and protect it, and the mechanisms and processes by which it is enforced. Graduates will also develop high-level skills in interpreting and analysing primary and secondary human rights materials, including treaties, treaty body decisions, domestic jurisprudence and scholarly commentary, and will be able to present well-researched arguments in a clear, coherent and scholarly manner.


The course comprises eight 6-point coursework units or a combination of coursework units and a minor thesis.

Areas of study


Students must complete one of the following options:

  • a minimum of five coursework units in the area of human rights law. The remaining coursework units may be taken from the approved list of law units. Refer to 'Areas of study' for more information.
  • four coursework units with at least one unit in the area of human rights law and a minor thesis of 25,000-30,000 words on an approved topic in the area.
  • six coursework units with at least three units in the area of human rights law and a minor thesis of 12,000-15,000 words on an approved topic in the area.

In order to qualify to undertake one of the minor thesis options, a student must have achieved a minimum of 70 per cent in each of the coursework units undertaken. Information on the minor thesis option is available at

Additional course requirements and recommendation:

  • Domestic students with a degree in a discipline other than law will be required to complete the unit LAW7212 Australian legal system.
  • International students and those with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete the unit LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process.
  • International students are recommended to undertake the unit LAW7285 Legal research and communications.

For further information regarding law units and specialisations visit

Students are advised that not all units may be available in every year.

For information on the current postgraduate law timetable visit

Alternative exit(s)

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


Master of Human Rights Law