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Graduate Certificate


Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma


Master's by research



Responsible faculty or institute:
Law (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 4 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


A Master of Laws (LLM) research degree enables a candidate to undertake a program of research and advanced study in a specialist field. The research takes place over 2 years of study or equivalent part-time and normally results in a thesis or equivalent of around 50-60,000 words (depending on the discipline), written in English.

LLM degrees in the Faculty of Law are available in many different aspects of the law. The research topic will reflect the candidates' own interests and the research expertise of their supervisors. Further information on the research areas of supervisors in Law is available from the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site. Areas of particular research expertise within the Faculty include:

criminal law and criminology; law and ethics of healthcare and biotechnology; intellectual property law; administrative and constitutional law; environmental law; and various aspects of international law.

As the Faculty of Law is based in Hobart, LLM candidates should expect to spend most of their time at the Hobart campus.

All candidates for an LLM degree are also required to enrol concurrently in two units in the Graduate Certificate of Research.

Currently there are no fees for domestic candidates as they are provided with a Commonwealth Research Training Scheme place. Fees for international candidates are here.

To apply, see Graduate Research: for application information.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. Applicants will be considered who have:

  • an honours degree with at least second class lower standard; or
  • a masters degree with a minimum research component (eg a thesis); or
  • substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.

International applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements for admission:

Course Objectives

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of an LLM degree to meet its Generic Attributes

Career Outcomes

In addition to academic career, Law LLM graduates are highly valued in a broad array of other professions, including: legal practice; the public sector; in house counsel positions in industry; and politics. .

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