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Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Typical Duration: 1 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 6
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 48
Master of International Law and International Relations

Program Description

The Master of International Law and International Relations is a joint program of the Faculty of Law and the School of Social Sciences and International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The degree provides an interdisciplinary study program that meets the developmental requirements of students interested in careers in international law and international relations. Students will acquire an advanced level of knowledge and analytical ability in relation to the issues, problems and conduct of international law and politics and the areas of interaction, overlap and conflict between the two disciplines. The program provides a depth of study and research opportunities in respect of the interrelationship between international law and international relations and provides students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the international legal system, the workings of international politics and their effect on each other. Not all courses are necessarily available in any one year.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Please contact the Faculty of Law for information regarding the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

Program Structure

The MILIR may be taken full-time in two semesters or part-time in a minimum of three semesters. A total of 48 units of credit (uoc) are required for the award of the degree. Fifty percent of the program (24uoc) must be taken from appropriate courses with a POLS prefix and the remaining 24 uoc must be chosen from appropriate courses with a LAWS prefix. Postgraduate law courses are taught in a variety of formats both during the University's normal academic semesters and over the summer term. While many are taught for two hours per week over a teaching semester, in others the class hours are arranged more intensively to permit students to focus fully on a research project. Some courses of particular interest to students in employment are scheduled in a venue situated in the CBD.

The Enrolment Guide for the Master of International Law and International Relations (MILIR) can be found on the Faculty of Law website:

Academic Rules

Award of the Degree
1. The degree of Master of International Law and International Relations may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a program of advanced study in law, social sciences or humanities.


2. (1) A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate Bachelor's degree from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Faculty Education Committee of the Faculty of Law (hereinafter referred to as the Committee).

(2) In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the degree.

(3) When the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant, before being permitted to enrol, to undergo such examination or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe.

Enrolment and Progression

3. (1) An application to enrol as a candidate for the degree shall be lodged with the Registrar by the advertised due date.

(2) A candidate for the degree shall be required to undertake such formal courses and pass such assessment as is prescribed.

(3) The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed at least once annually by the Committee and as a result of its review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.

(4) No candidate shall be awarded the degree until the lapse of two academic semesters from the date of enrolment in the case of a full-time candidate or three semesters in the case of a part-time candidate. The maximum period of candidature shall be three academic semesters from the date of enrolment for a full-time candidate and six semesters for a part-time candidate. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Committee.


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Course List

Candidates for the MILIR must complete 48 uoc for the MILIR degree. 24 uoc must be obtained from courses with a POLS prefix and 24uoc from courses with a LAWS prefix. LAWS and POLS courses are generally 6 uoc each.

Students enrolled in the MILIR are required to complete the following two compulsory courses (12 uoc) in the first year of study:
The remaining 36 uoc required for the MILIR must be obtained from the following list of courses. Students must obtain 18 uoc (three courses) from courses with a LAWS prefix and 18 uoc (three courses) from courses with a POLS prefix. Not all electives are offered every year.The semester in which a course is offered varies every year. Other courses may be added as new courses are developed and changed

LAW courses

POLS courses
Note: MILIR students have the option to enrol in either LAWS8423 Research Thesis or POLS5113 Thesis (but not both).

MILIR students may enrol in ONE internship program only, LAWS8052 Human Rights Internship or POLS5100 Internship Program.

Any requests to undertake an elective not on the above list will need to be approved by, the program convenor.

Area(s) of Specialisation

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