Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Summer semester A 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Term 3 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Term 4 2015 (On-campus block of classes)


Enrolment guidelines for postgraduate unit LAW5082 - Masters research can be viewed at http://www.law.monash.edu/current-students/enrolments/enrolment-guidelines-pg-law-5082.html
For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


In this unit, taken in the last or penultimate semester, masters coursework students apply research, thinking and communication skills and specialist discipline knowledge to complete a research project with independence. Students will audit another masters elective unit offered in the same teaching period in their area of specialization, and will complete a research project in the subject area of the audited unit.


On completion of this unit students will have demonstrated:

  • research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories;
  • creative skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship;
  • cognitive skills to apply theories, knowledge and skills to different legal areas or to new situations in legal practice or scholarship;
  • creative skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional 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 a scholarly or professional audience; and
  • the application of research methods and specialist discipline knowledge to plan and execute a substantial research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.


Hurdle requirement: completion of online masters research skills module
One research paper (7500 words): 100%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering, to be taken in an elective unit in their specialisation on an audit basis. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to participate in class discussion. Students are also required to complete the required online research modules.

Chief examiner(s)


Completion of any compulsory units such as Australian legal system.