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Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.

Student Type: Domestic - Research - commenced any year

Domestic Students enrolled in a Higher Degree Research course currently are not required to pay tuition fees as the cost of their course is covered under the Research Training Scheme (RTS). It is possible in the future that the RTS funding will not cover all Research students, at which time some students may be required to pay domestic full fees.

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Master of Laws by Research (LLM(Res))


  • Murdoch campus (internal)
    Murdoch campus (external) (subject to approval on a case-by-case basis)
  • UnitField of EducationCredit PointsEFTSL Fee
    Course Structure - 36 credit points

    All candidates are required to submit a thesis in an approved area of up to 60,000 words including footnotes (24 credit points).

    Coursework - 12 credit points
    Core Units - 6 credit points

    LLB582 Legal Research Methods for Honours - 3 points
    MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

    Law (090900)




    LLB583 Advanced Supervised Legal Research - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, W-internal

    Law (090900)




    Electives - 6 credit points

    Students must choose up to 6 points of credit from any 500 or 600 level electives available. Where possible, students should enrol in units related to their thesis topic and as approved by their supervisor.

    Students may enrol in either :

    LLM512 Legal Practice Placement I

    orLLM513 Legal Practice Placement II


    LLM603 Masters by Coursework Research Project - 3 points

    as part of their program of study for their electives.

    Law (090900)




    Thesis - 24 credit points

    LLM700 Master of Laws (Research) - 24 points
    MURDOCH: H-internal, S1-internal, S2-internal, Y-internal

    Law (090900)




    The onus is on you to ensure that the units selected satisfy all of the course requirements.

    Note: Fees shown have been rounded to the nearest dollar. Not all units are available for online self-enrolment.

    Total required for the course: 36 credit points (1.500 EFTSL).