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 Law.

Course codeL6002
Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMHumanRightsLaw
CRICOS code055071G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 9903 8035 or visit


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


This expert graduate course enables graduates of law and other related disciplines to develop advanced professional skills and specialist knowledge of developments in human rights law. The extensive range of units enables students to develop and enhance their knowledge across the breadth of human rights law. Students investigate contemporary issues in human rights law, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex legal issues from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course enhances the capacity to undertake independent research, and includes options for a pathway to doctoral studies.


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 (

Graduates of the course will have

  • knowledge and understanding of recent developments in human rights law and its professional practice
  • knowledge of legal research principles and methods to plan, carry out and report on an original project in human rights law
  • knowledge and reasoning skills to critically evaluate theory and practice in human rights law
  • research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • cognitive skills to apply theories, knowledge and skills to different human rights areas or to new situations in human rights legal practice or scholarship
  • thinking skills to discuss complex and abstract human rights ideas and theories
  • communication and interpretive skills to justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
  • creative skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about human rights developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • high level personal autonomy and accountability

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit for up to 50 per cent of the course (24 points) for previous masters level studies in law.


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


Students must complete one of the following options:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to take a minor thesis option.

Additional course requirements:

  • domestic students with a degree in a discipline other than law must complete LAW5080 (Australian legal system) as one of their masters electives
  • international students and those with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete LAW5081 (Australian legal process and research) as one of their masters electives.

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 (

Areas of study

Alternative exit(s)

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


Master of Human Rights Law