Course overview

Are you passionate about human rights? Would you like to enhance your skills in this diverse field? If so the Master of Human Rights Law provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the laws governing this field.

As one of the most prestigious law schools in Australia we offer this course at our Monash University Law Chambers, in the heart of the legal district of Melbourne.

The course offers choice from a broad range of human rights law areas, or you can select from across the range of Masters law elective units. 

 It provides the flexibility to tailor a program of study to suit your interests, skills and professional goals. Full-time or part-time study allows to you to continue to work and meet personal commitments while you study. The course enhances your capacity to undertake independent research, and includes options for a pathway to doctoral studies.

Starting dates

February, July

What you will learn

You will develop advanced professional skills and knowledge, enhancing your specialist career within non-government organisations, government sectors, community groups or human rights-related organisations such as international development agencies. You will also gain an understanding of the Australian legal system and will investigate contemporary law issues, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex issues relevant to the field from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

With units covering areas such discrimination, international refugee law, advocacy, genocide and the law,human trafficking, humanitarian law and children's rights —to name a few, you will gain specialist knowledge and understanding of recent developments in areas of human rights law and the practice of human rights law. 

Course structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A: Human Rights law knowledge and Part B Extending specialist knowledge electives and research.

  • PART A: Human rights law knowledge
    • These studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas human rights law that suit your interests, skills and career goals.
  • PART B: Extending specialist knowledge electives and research
    • These studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of areas of human rights law or you can select from across the range of Masters law elective units. You will focus on sources of information relevant to human rights law and the application of research methods and specialist discipline knowledge and skills necessary to support law-related work in those closely interrelated fields. 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.

Entry requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including social sciences, humanities or another relevant discipline, as determined by the faculty, with a minimum credit average.
  • A bachelor degree (or equivalent) plus either a graduate diploma (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline including social sciences, humanities or another relevant discipline or a graduate certificate (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline including social sciences, humanities or another relevant discipline as determined by the faculty.

Or

  • A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including social sciences, humanities or another relevant discipline plus sufficient relevant work-based experience or professional learning to provide the equivalent of a bachelor honours degree on one of those disciplines, as determined by the faculty. Applicants will be assessed on their entire academic record, with a credit average (or equivalent) preferred. As a general rule, students who do not have a credit average or are relying on relevant work experience to satisfy entry requirements will need to have worked for at least two years, although the required period may be shorter where the work experience has been supplemented by other relevant learning.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

Credit for prior study

Credit is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of units required to complete a course of study.

Credit processes

You can get credit for previous study or learning through one or more of the following processes:

  • credit transfer provides you with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification. This is based on equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.
  • Articulation enables you to progress from one completed qualification to another with admission and or credit in a defined pathway.
  • Recognition of prior learning involves assessment of your relevant prior learning to determine the credit outcomes of your application for credit.

How to apply for prior study credits

The managing faculty will assess your credit application. Check Find a course if you are unsure who this is.

How to apply

Apply directly to Monash using course code L6002

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $31,700 total course cost.

Duration

1 year full time, 2 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies postgraduate courses at Monash University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 73.0% (national average 67.6%)
Improved skills: 87.6% (national average 73.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.1% (national average 80.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Monash University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies postgraduate courses at Monash University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 83.6% (national average 86.6%)
Studying full time: 6.1% (national average 6.0%)
Median full time salary: $70,000 (national average $72,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Monash University graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

Monash University Code: L6002

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