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 Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMRegSt
CRICOS code055069B
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

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit

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 innovative master's degree is being 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 Master of 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.


This course consists of eight 6-point coursework units.

Areas of study


Students must complete three core units and five coursework units selected from the list of prescribed electives. Students who do not have an Australian law degree may be required to complete additional core units, in which case the number of electives required will decrease correspondingly.

Core units

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

Additional core unit for students who do not have an Australian law degree:

  • LAW7436 Australian legal process and research

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
  • APG5428 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • BTX5000 Corporate governance
  • BTX5050 Asian business law
  • BTX5100 Corporate environmental responsibility
  • BTX5180 Financial services regulation
  • ECX5470 Competition, regulation and policy
  • GRS1005 Fertility regulation
  • LAW7037 Occupational health and safety
  • LAW7056 Competition law
  • LAW7078 Graduate research paper
  • LAW7083 Law of employee relations
  • LAW7212 Australian legal system
  • LAW7258 Consumer protection: Regulation and compliance
  • LAW7278 Comparative competition law
  • LAW7306 Corporate governance and directors' duties
  • LAW7322 Communications law and regulation
  • LAW7324 Energy law, regulation and policy
  • LAW7325 Regulation of Australian water resources
  • LAW7329 The privatising state: Reform, regulation and reinvention
  • LAW7335 Regulating the professions
  • LAW7434 The law of climate change
  • LAW7444 Economics of regulation
  • LAW7445 Issues in consumer policy
  • LAW7490 Regulating business: Enforcement and compliance
  • MCE1213 Regulation and ethics in assisted reproductive technologies
  • LAW7498 Principles of government law and administration
  • any other relevant unit with the approval of the Master of Laws course convenor.

Not all units may be available in every year. Further information is available on the faculty website regarding law units and specialisationslaw units and specialisations ( and the current postgraduate law timetablecurrent postgraduate law timetable (

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with Graduate Diploma in Law providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Regulatory Studies