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 codeL6006
Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleMRegSt
CRICOS code055069B
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

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  • 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 is an interdisciplinary course 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. This course will provide practitioners and scholars in these fields with a core set of ideas, theories and skills for professional practice with further study in applied areas of regulatory practice. 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 regulatory studies and its professional practice
  • knowledge of legal research principles and methods to plan, carry out and report on an original project
  • knowledge and reasoning skills to critically evaluate theory and practice in areas of law
  • research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • cognitive skills to apply theories, knowledge and skills to different legal areas or to new situations in legal practice or scholarship
  • thinking skills to discuss complex and abstract legal 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 developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • high level personal autonomy and accountability.

Entry requirements

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


This course consists of eight 6-point coursework units.


Students must complete:

(a.) three core units:

  • LAW5361 Foundations of regulation: Policy, principles and practice
  • LAW5362 Regulatory methods
  • LAW5363 Regulatory performance: Evaluating what works

(b.) 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 Graduate Diploma in Law providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Regulatory Studies