Master of Dispute Resolution - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017 and 2016

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Contact details

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Admission and fees


Course progression map

L6011 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Law Chambers)


Master of Dispute Resolution

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Law

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


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.

You will 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 your 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 you 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.

Credit for prior studies

You may be eligible for credit for up to 25 per cent of the course (12 points) for previous master's level studies in law. If you have completed an independent research project in a bachelor of law honours degree you may be exempted from the master's research unit but you must still complete 48 points of level 5 units.


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

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 two 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 ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Dispute resolution knowledge (30 points)

You must complete a. and b. below:

a. the following unit:

  • LAW5000 Australian legal reasoning and methods or LAW5081 Australian legal process and research*

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

b. a minimum of four units chosen from those listed below; not all units are offered every year:

Dispute resolution in the courts

  • LAW5310 Sentencing
  • LAW5355 Advocacy: Theory and practice
  • LAW5395 Arbitration of domestic commercial disputes
  • LAW5381Not offered in 2019 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation
  • LAW5443Not offered in 2019 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
  • LAW5410Not offered in 2019 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

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

You must complete 18 points across a. and b. below:

a. 6 or 12 points of elective law units chosen from:

  • Part A above
  • the dispute resolution electives listed below
  • any unit from the general list of level 5 law units, except 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)**

** If you are taking the course as a pathway to doctoral studies you are advised to complete this unit.

Dispute resolution electives

Not all units are offered every year.

  • LAW5303Not offered in 2019 Forensic family law
  • LAW5308 Current issues in evidence
  • LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law
  • LAW5335Not offered in 2019 Contemporary problems in the administration of criminal justice
  • LAW5360 Advanced conflict resolution skills
  • LAW5381Not offered in 2019 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW5387 Non-adversarial family and children's law
  • LAW5408Not offered in 2019 Remedies in commercial disputes
  • LAW5418Not offered in 2019 Transitional justice
  • LAW5423 Private international law in commercial disputes
  • LAW5429Not offered in 2019 Advanced commercial negotiation skills
  • LAW5440Not offered in 2019 International commercial dispute resolution advocacy
  • LAW5449Not offered in 2019 Advanced administrative law
  • LAW5453 Comparative international litigation
  • LAW5601 Comparative remedies
  • LAW5605Not offered in 2019 Comparative dispute resolution
  • LAW5608 Transnational litigation

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following award, provided you have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during your 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.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.

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