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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.

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

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Students have a maximum of four years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (City (Melbourne))


Master of Dispute Resolution


This expert graduate course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in dispute resolution and develops the advanced professional skills and specialist knowledge required for working as a dispute resolution practitioner, including as an arbitrator, mediator or other dispute resolution practitioner. It is suitable for graduates interested in developing or enhancing specialist careers in dispute resolution.

Students investigate contemporary issues in law, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex issues relevant to the field from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course enhances students' 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 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and recent developments in areas of dispute resolution and the practice of dispute resolution
  2. apply theories, knowledge and skills to different areas of dispute resolution or to new situations in practice or scholarship in dispute resolution
  3. design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to global professional practice or scholarship
  4. explain and justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
  5. apply with integrity appropriate research principles and methods to plan, carry out and report on an original project
  6. demonstrate high level personal autonomy and judgment.


The course is structured in 2 parts. Part A. Dispute resolution knowledge and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research. All students complete Part A and Part B.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

Part A. Dispute resolution knowledge

The studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of dispute resolution that suit your interests, skills and career goals.

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge and research

These studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of areas of dispute resolution. You will be able to focus on sources of information relevant to dispute resolution and the application of research methods and specialist discipline knowledge and skills necessary to support law-related work the field. Depending on your interests and motivation, you can choose a program of study in which you plan and execute a major research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability


The course comprises 48 points structured into 2 parts: Part A. Extending specialist knowledge and research (30 points) and Part B. Dispute resolution research and knowledge (18 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Dispute resolution knowledge (30 points)

Students complete a. and b. below:

a. the following unit:

  • LAW5080 Australian legal system or LAW5081 Australian legal process and research*

b. a minimum of four units chosen from the units listed below:**

Dispute resolution in the courts

  • LAW5355 Advocacy: Theory and practice
  • LAW5381 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW5310 Sentencing
  • LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation
  • LAW5443 Language, communication and legal process
  • LAW5453 Comparative conflict of laws

Alternative dispute resolution

  • LAW5411 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory A
  • LAW5412 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory B
  • LAW5410 Collaborative practice
  • LAW5421 Managing high conflict personalities in legal disputes
  • LAW5315 Commercial alternative dispute resolution
  • LAW5344 Negotiation: Essential skills for dispute resolution
  • LAW5375 Arbitration of international commercial disputes

* Note LAW5081 is required for all international students and those students with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction.

** Not all units are offered every year.

Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research* (18 points)

Students complete 18 points across a) and b) below:

a. 6 or 12 points of elective law units. These can be taken from:

  • Part A above
  • the list of Dispute resolution electives listed below
  • any unit from the General list of Level 5 law units, excluding those only offered in L6005 Master of Laws (Juris Doctor)

b. The remaining 6 or 12 points of research studies in Dispute resolutions from the following:

  • LAW5082 Masters research (6 points)
  • LAW5083 Extended research (12 points)

* Note: Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to take the extended research option.

Dispute resolution electives

Not all units are offered every year.

  • LAW5303 Forensic family law
  • LAW5308 Current issues in evidence
  • LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law
  • LAW5335 Contemporary problems in the administration of criminal justice
  • LAW5360 Advanced conflict resolution skills
  • LAW5381 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW5387 Non-adversarial family and children's law
  • LAW5408 Remedies in commercial disputes
  • LAW5418 Transitional justice
  • LAW5423 Private international law in commercial disputes
  • LAW5429 Advanced commercial negotiation skills
  • LAW5440 International commercial dispute resolution advocacy
  • LAW5449 Advanced administrative law
  • LAW5453 Comparative international litigation
  • LAW5601 Comparative remedies
  • LAW5605 Comparative dispute resolution
  • LAW5608 Transnational litigation

Progression to further studies

Students taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies are advised to take the extended research option which is a pathway to a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following award, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Law after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.