Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 and 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

Caulfield Student Services

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Dr Nicola Charwat


  • 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.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates 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 master's level in business law


The course 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):

  • BTF5903 Law and business decisions*

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

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

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

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

*** This unit or an equivalent unit (as approved by the Course Director) is a prerequisite unit for BTF5235 Workplace and Investment Taxation.

Note: Students can also choose up to four units (24 points) approved for the Master of Commercial Law offered by the Faculty of LawFaculty of Law ( provided the Course Director is satisfied that every unit chosen does not substantially duplicate a unit previously completed by the candidate or any other postgraduate unit offered by the Department of Business Law and Taxation.

(d.) up to two units (12 points) may be selected from graduate-level units offered by other Departments in the Faculty of Business and Economics, or subject to approval by the Course Director, or from other faculties of the university.

These units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the number 5.

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 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study.


Master of Business Law