The Master of Laws by Research requires completion of an original piece of research, similar to that required for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) but on a more modest scale. As with other research degrees, the work is supervised by experts in a chosen research area which enables development of original insights and critical research skills in a supportive and stimulating environment.
Completion of a recognised 4 year Bachelor of Law degree with Honours that includes a substantial research component, or the equivalent.
The Master of Laws by Research program requires a minimum of three semesters full-time study and preparation of a thesis of approximately 50,000 words (including footnotes). Two examiners will be appointed by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee to examine the thesis. Students are required to attend Annual Progress Reviews. Progress reviews are an opportunity for the student, his or her supervisors and the Law School to review how the research has progressed either since the commencement of the student’s candidature or their last review. They also provide a forum to review all aspects of the student's candidature, to develop a plan of action for the next review and to identify and respond to any impediments towards progress and the timely completion of the program.