Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Course code3159
Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMBusLaw
CRICOS code082332A
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of the course requirements for previous graduate level studies. Credits or exemptions up to a maximum of 24 credit points may be granted for a relevant bachelor level qualification and a further 24 credit points may be granted for a relevant honours degree level qualification.

Maximum credit allowed

48 credit points


The course has four main components:

  • two compulsory units
  • four foundation units
  • four units from the Department of Business Law and Taxation or the Faculty of Law
  • six elective units.

Students complete one of the following structures as determined by any credit granted for prior studies. Students who have completed an:

  • undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline must complete twelve units (72 points) from sections (a.), (c.) and (d.)
  • honours degree not in a relevant discipline must complete twelve units (72 points) from (a.), (b.), (c.) and (d.)
  • honours degree in a relevant discipline must complete eight units from sections (a.), (c.) and two units from (d.).


Students must complete:

(a.) two compulsory units (12 points):

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

(b.) four foundation units selected from:

(c.) 24 points of graduate-level units offered by the Department of Business Law and TaxationDepartment of Business Law and Taxation ( or Faculty of LawFaculty of Law (

(d.) 36 points of graduate-level electives subject to the following conditions:

Suitable 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. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

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