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Master of Laws (Research) (LLMR)

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

  • 1.5 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Take the law to higher levels

Have a passion for law and want to further your knowledge? The Master of Laws (Research) is a postgraduate research degree designed to expand on your theoretical and specialist knowledge of the law and take your research skills to a higher level.

You will undertake a significant piece of research in a specialised field of your choice and contribute to the knowledge base of the legal community through an academic dissertation.
Your studies will provide you with skills in undertaking and evaluating legal research using research methodologies and techniques to resolve particular legal problems. 

The Master of Laws (Research) offers professional and academic opportunities, whether it is preparing you for a career as an academic, enhancing your professional standing as an expert in your field, or being a stepping stone to further study and a PhD.

This postgraduate degree has been developed to meet the needs of professionals wanting to excel in their chosen field of law. You will be supervised by an expert in the field who has a clear understanding of the challenges and intricacies of the law or the legal profession.

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework course 1
plus 3 x dissertation courses 11
Total 12
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 22800

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research program.
As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR program. Once a student completes an HDR program, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3 or 4-year bachelor degree in law or equivalent from a recognised university
  • Outline of dissertation topic

Admission is dependent upon the Faculty's capacity to supervise the proposed projects. Prospective candidates should consult with the Associate Dean (Research) before preparing their project proposals. Research concentrations are updated periodically.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Apply with USQ
For Australian and New Zealand students

Closing dates

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

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