Master of Philosophy

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Code: AK3720
Level of Study: 9
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full time / 3 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start Date: Anytime


  • Guidelines to entry

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a one year research only masters degree. It provides an opportunity for students to undertake a research topic of an applied or professional nature, under the supervision of Law School staff.

Alternatively, the MPhil can provide a pathway to more advanced research at doctoral level.


Students will complete an original thesis during this year of study.  Law School staff are available to supervise MPhil research on a wide range of topics.  The Law School has extensive research capabilities in the following areas:

  • Banking Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Indigenous Law
  • Intellectual Property & Competition Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Medical Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Non-adversarial Justice
  • Prison Law
  • Private Law
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Tort Law


It is expected that graduates with a Master of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career leading to a PhD. Alternatively, their research topic may lead them to a position of expertise in their chosen field.

Last updated: 10-Jan-2018 11.12am

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