Subject focus: Business and Law programmes in Australia

Business students at Curtin UniversityIn this quarter's subject focus, we look at some of the specialist postgraduate programmes available in business and law across Australia. These programmes allow students who have studied in the subject area to further deepen their knowledge, or in some cases enable students who either haven't studied in that area or do not have enough work experience to move into the subject area.

The postgraduate business degrees often offer a broad-based approach to the subject, where a student would be required to take courses from a range of different business areas – to gain a solid foundation of the subject as a whole – while also specialising in a chosen area. So, admission to a Master of Business does not always require an undergraduate background in business, and can be a great option for graduates of other disciplines looking to add a new set of knowledge and skills to their CV.  The MBA degree is typically a post-experience qualification, which means that students should have had at least three years professional work experience to enter one of these programmes. However, a couple of the MBA (Global) degrees listed below also allow entry to more recent graduates with a longer study period.  Australian universities typically design an MBA with the requirements of international students in mind, providing intensive courses of study that fulfill student visa requirements (full time study) and enable students to complete the degree in the shortest amount of time possible. Completing an international MBA could be the ideal solution to enhancing your career and expanding your global network.

The law programmes featured offer non-professional studies in law (courses which will not make you eligible to practice law in Australia or New Zealand). These do not necessarily require an undergraduate degree in law for admission; specialist law Masters are often suited to someone currently working in a particular field or industry. A Master of Environmental Law, for example, could be of great benefit to the career of an environmental scientist, while doctors and senior hospital administrators often undertake the Master of Health Law. Those who have completed a law degree and who are looking to further their knowledge in a particular area would apply for the Master of Laws. This is a flexible, 12-month programme that allows a student to select from a wide range of courses to create a degree uniquely tailored to their interests and career aspirations.

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Master of Business at Griffith University, Queensland

Open a world of opportunities and study among the world’s best

Griffith Business School is one of Australia’s leading business educators and accredited by the AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, meaning that your degree will be recognised globally for its high quality.

We are committed to high quality business education, with a special focus on sustainable business development and responsible leadership. This ensures that you will be prepared for the ever-changing world in which responsible leadership and sustainable business practices are critical.

5-star rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Build specialist knowledge and accelerate your career

The Master of Business is a career-changing programme designed for professionals aspiring to make the move to management roles, for current managers seeking formal qualifications, and for those looking to move careers.

This business degree will help you master essential business concepts, develop creative problem solving skills, build specialist knowledge, and operate effectively in the dynamic, global business economy.

Tailor your studies and build your unique business qualification. Depending on your career aspirations, you can complete majors in 16 diverse business areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Digital business
  • Economics
  • Employment relations
  • Event management
  • Human resource management
  • Information systems
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • International business
  • International tourism and hospitality management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public policy
  • Sport management
  • Supply chain management.

You will also study core business courses such as People Management, Accounting, Leadership for Sustainable Business, Future of Work, Marketing Foundations, Business Data Analytics, Global Business Strategy, and Business and Government.

At Griffith, you can build your business studies around the lifestyle that suits you. You can start the Master of Business in February, July or October. You may also have the option to fast-track your degree by studying over three trimesters.

State-of-the-art learning facilities

Our learning spaces inspire creativity, promote collaboration and encourage innovation. You will learn in $38 million Business School facilities including two advanced financial trading centres.

Programme details

Duration: 2 years

Start date: Trimester 1 (Feb), Trimester 2 (July) or Trimester 3 (Oct)

Tuition fees (2019 indicative): AU$30,000 per year

Find out more about Griffith University

MBA and MBA (Global) at Curtin University, Western Australia

Study an internationally-accredited MBA at Curtin and take your career to the next level

Curtin’s internationally-accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) is for established professionals, particularly middle and senior managers. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the key functional disciplines of business through an applied practical focus. Completing an MBA will further your professional and personal development through action learning that can be transferred to real-world business situations.

The MBA combines current business theory, international perspectives and hands-on project work, and includes opportunity to network with industry and build your professional network. You’ll further develop the skills to create and critically evaluate innovative ideas.

You can choose to study one of the following majors:

  • Business Administration
  • Leadership
  • Oil and Gas

The curriculum comprises eight core and four optional units delivered by leading academics and business practitioners. You will complete a professional portfolio including a minimum of 40 hours of professional development.

Curtin’s flagship MBA programme is delivered from the Curtin Graduate School of Business, located in Perth’s central business district.

Or, launch your global career with Curtin’s MBA (Global)

Curtin’s (Global) is an early-career MBA programme, designed to build on your undergraduate degree and launch your global business career. If you are a recent graduate, with less than three year’s professional experience this course will help you develop valuable skills in business leadership through work-integrated learning, industry mentorships and field trips. You’ll build your core business knowledge and inter-cultural communication, ensuring your skills can be applied within an international business context.

The MBA (Global) includes the opportunity to participate in an international study tour – an intensive cross-national experience that provides insights into essential global business practices an.

The two-year course starts with a one-week orientation programme, introducing you to the faculty industry advisors, and demonstrates the importance of effective engagement and networking in the global market. You’ll then study 14 units over four semesters, consisting of core global business knowledge, global business practice and analytical practice.

The MBA (Global) is delivered from Curtin’s main campus in Bentley, just six kilometres from Perth city.

Accreditations

Curtin Business School is recognised as an elite global business school through accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Curtin’s flagship MBA program holds EPAS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

MBA Programme details:

Duration: 1.5 years

Tuition Fees (2018 indicative): AU$40,300 per year

MBA (Global) Programme details:

Duration: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2018 indicative): AU$29,700 per year

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MBA (Global) at Murdoch University, Western Australia

The School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University has over 70 highly qualified and dedicated staff members, who can help you launch your career or take your professional experiences to the next level.

Uniquely positioned, the school offers innovative and interdisciplinary academic programmes for students. We offer an inclusive and highly flexible environment to support your learning needs, including after-hours classes and flexible study options. We are committed to combining theory and practice. Our industry placements and work experience programmes ensure that you are highly trained, experienced and ready to enter the workforce as an elite graduate.

The MBA (Global) provides students with limited or no work experience the opportunity to engage in learning activities that equip them with the career management tools needed to succeed as early career professionals. This course is designed to offer leading‐edge national and international business administration knowledge and skills, with a simultaneous focus on opportunities to acquire high-level industry experience through professional placements and applied research projects. You also have the option to specialise in areas such as people management, sustainability, non-profit and health management.

The MBA (Global) focuses on:

  • Business competencies: you will gain skills in marketing, accounting and management that will enable you to assist in management decision making.
  • Strategy: you will understand how business interacts with the government, society and the environment and develop strategies that are ethical, legal and wise.
  • Professional skills: the portfolios will equip you with the career management tools needed to succeed as an early career professional.

Programme details

Duration: 2 years

Start: Semester 1 (February) or semester 2 (July)

Tuition Fees: AU$31,998 (indicative fee for 2018, per year)

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Master of Human Resource Management at Murdoch University, Western Australia

The School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University has over 70 highly qualified and dedicated staff members, who can help you launch your career or take your professional experiences to the next level.

Uniquely positioned, the school offers innovative and interdisciplinary academic programmes for students. We offer an inclusive and highly flexible environment to support your learning needs, including after-hours classes and flexible study options. We are committed to combining theory and practice. Our industry placements and work experience programmes ensure that you are highly trained, experienced and ready to enter the workforce as an elite graduate.

Across all businesses and industries, the one thing that makes an organisation stand out from others is the team of people behind it. Completing this coursework Master’s degree will allow you to make a real difference by managing an organisation’s human resources in line with strategic goals and objectives.

You will gain skills in HR planning, staffing, training and development, performance management, remuneration, and complete a specialised unit that covers analytics and decision-making.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Human Resources Management is a recognised professionally accredited course with the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

Programme details

Duration: 2 years

Start: Semester 1 (February) or semester 2 (July)

Tuition Fees: AU$32,148 (indicative fee for 2018, per year)

Find out more about the University of Western Australia

Master of Global Business at Monash University, Victoria

Enrich the business experience you already have with global insight.

This Master’s degree will give you a dynamic understanding of the economic, political and social forces that impact upon businesses internationally – and teach you to navigate this world effectively.

About the Master of Global Business

The programme aims to develop negotiators, problem-solvers and communicators, and to gain an expansive perspective of business that takes into account strategy, government, trade, sustainability, culture and social responsibility.

In partnership with the University of California

Monash has partnered with the University of California, Berkeley to offer the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program (BHGAP) to students enrolled in the Master of Global Business.

This programme, taught by world-class faculty from Haas School of Business, offers students the chance to study one or two semesters at UCB in the innovation hub of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Entrepreneurship, Industry Experience

Studying the MGB at Monash includes a ‘global business in practice’ unit that students can choose to develop their capabilities, including creativity and entrepreneurship, or an Industry internship or project, or go to a third country to see how commerce is approached with an overseas study tour.

Industry projects and internships have included roles with such companies as L'Oreal, EY, PwC, Mondelez, Adidas, Deloitte, GM Holden, ANZ, Shell, Macquarie, IBM, KPMG, Grant Thorton, Clemenger BBDO, Devondale, Addeco, and more, while study tours can take you into the heart of global commerce, Asia, or to other important economic regions in Europe and North America.

Degree structure

This degree is structured into two main sections - Mastery knowledge and Application studies.

Mastery knowledge units:

  • Global business environment
  • Sustainable business and innovation
  • Law of International Trade and Commerce
  • International trade policy
  • Diplomacy and statecraft
  • Intercultural communication and negotiation
  • Strategic management

Application studies:

Students complete up to eight elective units and have the opportunity to focus their electives on a specific area, including management, public policy, data analytics, entrepreneurship*, sustainability, diplomacy and languages.

Or go deeper

For those interested in research, the following three elective research units are available for students seeking to build a greater depth of technical and theoretical understanding in a designated area:

  • Introductory management research methods*
  • Research report (introduction)*
  • Research report (12 points)*

* Available in 2020

Entry requirements

2 Years Duration - Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any field + 2 years relevant employment experience, OR if you have yet to acquire work experience a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a WAM of 70%.

1.5 Years Duration - Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field + 2 years relevant employment experience, OR Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field with a WAM of 70%.

1 Years Duration - Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field + 5 years relevant employment experience, OR Bachelor’s (Hons) (or equivalent) in a related field with a (WAM) of 70%.

Application process

Depending upon your prior qualifications and experience you may be eligible for entry credit, which reduces the duration. In addition to the requirements above, you must also provide a one-page statement of purpose demonstrating your motivation and academic skills required to successfully undertake this course. Where deemed necessary the Course Director may also seek to interview an applicant.

Career prospects

With a working knowledge of today’s global business landscape, you’re likely to excel in a number of professional roles across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. You’ll have a special aptitude for roles in manufacturing and service, export and trade or travel and tourism.

Programme details

Duration: 2 yr/1.5 yr/1 yr depending on experience

Start date: Semester 1 (Feb) or Semester 2 (July)

Tuition fees (2019 indicative): AU$44,000 per year

Find out more about Monash University

Master of Analytics at RMIT University

With data-driven decisions now a fundamental part of business operations, this programme provides you with the platform to be a business-ready problem solver. Graduates are employed by a variety of scientific, commercial and government enterprises, most commonly as data scientists, statisticians, business analysts, consultants, modellers and researchers.

Our Master of Analytics programme allows you to choose from a diverse range of electives combined with a strong core of statistics and operations research.

With eight core courses and eight options, the programme includes a high degree of flexibility.  You can specialise in computer science, economics, finance, logistics or marketing or gain a broader understanding of all fields.

Problem-based and work-integrated learning are a major focus of the programme and exposure to industry projects provide you with hands-on experience to develop your analytic capabilities.  All analytics students have a capstone experience with our industry partners, working on real data.

Recent international student placements include:

  • Bosch Corporation, Japan
  • Continental, Germany
  • Siemens, Germany

State-of-the-art statistical software used in the programme will provide you with hands-on-experience required for analytical practice. You will learn the fundamentals of statistics and computer programming and all the important tools including R, SQL, SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Enterprise Miner, Python, Java, Julia, CPLEX, Gurobi and Arena, as identified by our industry partners.

Programme details

Duration:  2 years

Start dates:  Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July)  

Campus: Melbourne city

Fees: The annual tuition fee for 2019 is AU$31,680. The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$64,320.

Further study:

When you successfully complete this programme, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) programme.

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Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management at RMIT University

RMIT has one of the oldest and largest supply chain and logistics management departments of any university in Australia. 

This comprehensive Masters programme prepares you to design and scale supply chains on a global level and develop the project management and negotiation skills required to solve complex business problems. Our program covers all aspects of supply chain and logistics management required to bring a product to market, including the procurement and supply of goods and services and the design and management of supply chains on a global scale.

In the Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management, you will learn the fundamentals of:

  • Project management
  • Managing supply contracts
  • International logistics
  • Risk analysis and assessment
  • Distribution and freight logistics

You will benefit from project work and interactions with companies including Coca-Cola Amatil, Cadbury Schweppes, Nike, Adidas, Toll Holding and the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

RMIT's programme is certified by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) as meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Membership (CMILT).

Work-connected and industry-relevant options available for this programme include:

  • Working in a student team as part of the  Fastrack Innovation Program. In this elective course you will work with mentors to develop and present a solution to a real problem. This form of fast-prototyping is designed so that external organisations can tap into fresh thinking from RMIT students.
  • A Business Internship elective where you take up a position for one or two days per week for one semester. This position is normally unpaid and is designed to develop your soft skills and increase your overall employability upon graduation.

Student testimonial

"The degree gave me deep background knowledge in logistics processes as well as user systems and technologies. I also gained knowledge about international trade and transport contracts which is helpful for the team I'm in now." 

- Jennifer Grant, RMIT Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Programme details 

Duration: 2 years 

Start dates: Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July)

Campus: Melbourne city 

Fees: The total indicative tuition fee for 2019 commencement is AU$74,880 (full 2 year programme plan MC198P15).

Further study:

When you successfully complete this programme, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) programme.

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Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales

The Master of Laws programme (LLM) provides courses developed for advanced study that contain a significant research component and focus on critical thinking and critical analysis of complex legal issues.

You can choose any one of the following five specialist areas:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Law in Practice

Highlights

Law in Practice component:

New in 2018, this is a unique addition to the University of Newcastle postgraduate Law offering. It is tailored for practitioners who have completed their law degree in a common law country other than Australia and who would like to migrate to Australia in order to practise law. Although the legal profession admissions boards in Australia assess each individual application on their merits, it is usually possible for UK practitioners to complete all of the required academic law courses as part of our one-year LLM programme.

Note that, in addition to requiring a certain number of academic legal courses, legal profession admission boards in Australia sometimes also require completion of a certain number of legal practical training modules and a certain amount of supervised practical work experience. The latter two requirements are not included as part of our LLM, and would need to be undertaken separately.

Dispute Resolution component:

The directed courses in the Dispute Resolution stream offer students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can be used in a range of conflict settings. Led by our Dean, Professor Tania Sourdin, these courses are taught by a team made up of the most distinguished and experienced dispute resolution academics in Australia.

International Study Experience:

This course provides students with the opportunity to participate in an organised out of country activity such as a study tour or internship. High achieving students are able to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in their program, and apply knowledge and skills in an external and international context. Past courses have covered a wide range of countries and interest areas, including: comparative environmental law in Brazil; child and family law practice in Cambodia; clinical legal practice in China; comparative environmental and employment law in Indonesia; and criminal law practice in Vietnam.

Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic:

In this course students carry out work on current or potential environmental and natural resources law cases in or proposed for the Land & Environment Court of NSW, supervised by an experience environmental law Clinical Teacher/Solicitor.

This practical work is scaffolded by an intensive series of online lectures on NSW natural resources and environmental law, judicial review and civil enforcement techniques, and in-class exercises, discussions and field trips. Students will gain hands on knowledge preparing them for practicing and policy-making in the environmental and natural resources law field.

Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic:

This course enables students to develop and practice the specialised technical and legal skills needed for social justice and public interest legal cases, including effective written and oral communication with clients, parties and organisations, public interest advocacy, detailed legal research and drafting law reform submissions and research projects.

Students are engaged in the supervised preparation and carriage of particular public interest cases or projects such as cases involving possible miscarriage of justice, human rights, and assisting persons seeking asylum protection. Students may also be engaged in 'street law' projects undertaken to inform the community as to the means by which they can access and seek justice.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the LLM you will be able to use your specialised knowledge to advance your career and work in various areas including:

  • legal practice or advice
  • in-house counsel
  • public policy
  • government sector
  • non-government sector
  • private sector, e.g. finance and business

Programme Details 

Duration: One year

Start date(s): Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July)

Campus: Newcastle City

Tuition fees: AU$28,830 per year (2018 indicative)

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Master of International Law at Griffith University, Queensland

Griffith is ranked #1 for Law in Australia

When you study law at Griffith, you are studying among the world’s best. Griffith is the highest ranked Australian university for law in the Academic Rankings of World Universities (2018).

Learn from the best

Join a law school dedicated to social justice. At Griffith Law School, you will learn from award - winning teachers and researchers who practise what they teach. We believe in the law as a powerful instrument of change and give you the progressive practical experience, support, international opportunities, networks and theory to shape your ideal legal career.

Develop expertise in international and global law principles and practice

The Master of International Law will help you understand and apply international and globalised law principles in contexts such as cross-border transactions and disputes, cross-border family law disputes, public international law developments, and cross-border negotiations.

With the Master of International Law you will gain a competitive edge in legal, academic, government, business, engineering and other professions, where greater skills and knowledge in the field of international and global law are increasingly required.

You will study a range of exciting courses including:

  • International Trade Law 
  • International Criminal Law 
  • International Family Law and Litigation
  • International Negotiations 
  • The Law of International Organisations
  • Global Dimensions of Intellectual Property Law 
  • International Human Rights 
  • International Environmental Law 

At Griffith, you can build your business studies around the lifestyle that suits you. Start your Master of International Law in February or July, and complete this degree over one and a half years.

Programme details

Duration: 1.5 years

Start dates: Trimester 1 (February) or Trimester 2 (July)

Tuition fees: This programme is due to commence in 2019, fees have not yet been announced. Contact Study Options for more information.

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Master of Laws (LLM) at Monash University, Victoria

Students of Law at Monash have the opportunity to acquire the skills of legal literacy, including legal knowledge, analysis, research and advocacy. A Monash graduate law qualification will provide you with knowledge of the concepts and language of law and justice, and their institutional and social dimensions.

Along the way, you’ll have tremendous education and lifetime experiences in Melbourne and across the international network of Monash University campuses that includes Prato, Italy, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

About the LLM

This one-year degree is ideal for law graduates wanting to develop in-depth knowledge of a particular legal area, or those wanting to advance their professional expertise in a current area of practice. You will gain advanced professional skills and knowledge of law developments, practice and scholarship of one or more areas of law.

Monash also offers the one-year LLM degree for non-law graduates who seek to acquire expertise in a specific area of the law.

Available streams

The LLM course offers nine specialisations:

  • Commercial Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Government Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property and Communications Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Law and International Development
  • Law Studies
  • Workplace and Employment Law

Students with a non-legal degree background can study and graduate in the following:

  • Master of Commercial Law
  • Master of Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Government Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Master of Human Rights Law
  • Master of Intellectual Property and Communications Law
  • Master of Law and International Development
  • Master of Workplace and Employment Law

For details on these specialisations please visit the Monash University website.

Degree structure

These courses are built on eight modules of study taken over an academic year and are developed through two themes:

Part A. Extending specialist knowledge electives

Studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of law that suit your interests, skills and career goals.

Part B. Law and research knowledge

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

Entry requirements

LLM

1. A JD or a bachelor honours degree in Law, or an equivalent qualification; or

2. A bachelor degree in Law (or equivalent) plus either a graduate diploma in Law, a graduate certificate in Law, or an equivalent postgraduate qualification; or

3. A bachelor degree in Law (or equivalent) plus sufficient relevant work-based or other learning to together constitute the equivalent of one of the above qualifications*

4. A bachelor degree in Law (or equivalent) plus admission to practice as an Australian lawyer

Applicants will be assessed on their entire academic record, with a credit average (or equivalent) preferred.

Master of Laws for students with a non-law degree background

1. A bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including business, economics, commerce, engineering, IT or another relevant discipline, as determined by the faculty, with a minimum credit average; or

2. A bachelor degree (or equivalent) plus either a graduate diploma (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline including business, economics, commerce, engineering, IT or another relevant discipline or a graduate certificate (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline including business, economics, commerce, engineering, IT or another relevant discipline as determined by the faculty; or

3. A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including business, economics, commerce, engineering, IT or another relevant discipline plus sufficient relevant work-based experience or professional learning to provide the equivalent of a bachelor honours degree in 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.

Application process

To submit an application, all that’s needed are your final transcripts, a completed application form, a copy of your passport’s bio page and where necessary a resume. Admission into this degree is assessed on the results of previous studies, where these studies have taken place and meeting other requirements, including English language and other subject prerequisites where applicable. The outcome of your application should take no longer than a couple of weeks should all documents be in place. Contact Study Options to start your application.

Programme details

Duration: 1 year

Start date: Semester 1 (February)

Tuition fees (2019 indicative): AU$42,900 per year

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