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Master of  International Law

Program code: 5658

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Whether you're a law or non-law graduate, study how international law shapes almost all forms of global interaction, from business and trade to diplomacy and acts of war.

  • Suited to anyone who works in an international field (with or without a legal background), this program provides a clear understanding of the international laws that shape global systems, and how to work within those laws.
  • Choose from a broad range of electives covering topics including business, diplomacy, international policy, advocacy, negotiation and war. Students with research aspirations may also undertake a supervised dissertation.
  • Attain a postgraduate qualification from one of Australia's leading law schools. Taught by research centre academics, legal practitioners, judges and international scholars, learn from a diversity of views and high-level professional knowledge.
  • Study the Master of International Law concurrently with the Master of International Relations through the combined Master of International Relations / Master of International Law, for the opportunity to gain two highly sought-after degrees.

The Master of International Law provides specialist knowledge relevant to many internationally-focused careers, so you can pursue your dreams.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The TC Beirne School of Law is an international leader in teaching and research. The school was also ranked 36th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the only Queensland law school to be ranked in the top 50.

  • In the classroom

    Personalised teaching experience

    Our courses are taught in small group settings and informal learning spaces in the Forgan Smith building, refurbished specifically for law students. You will test your knowledge with your peers and professors in an active learning environment.

  • Research

    Research options

    Participate in research during the program through an optional supervised research project and engagement with PhD and MPhil students. Our energetic research community makes a lasting contribution to the development and understanding of law.

  • Careers

    Map out your career

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

Career outcomes

The Master of International Law provides an internationally recognised qualification relevant to a wide range of careers. Opportunities open up in:

  • government policy and research
  • foreign trade and diplomatic service careers
  • the UN, World Bank and other major international NGOs
  • international policy and research institutes.

For graduates with research aspirations, the Master of International Law includes opportunities to undertake a supervised research project and write a dissertation, laying the groundwork to enrol in a future PhD.

No matter what your career aspirations are, our award-winning Student Employability Team — judged by the Australian Financial Review as the best in Australia — will help you map out a plan to get there.

  • Teaching staff

    World-class academics

    Academic staff in the school include research centre academics, legal practitioners, judges, and international scholars. Our staff bring a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and views to the program, enriching discussions with current thinking and professional knowledge.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


To enrol in the program, a person must hold a Bachelor degree in law; or Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography; with a GPA of 5.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of International Law are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of International Law. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Master of International Law:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of International Law pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,960
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of International Law at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of International Law can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of International Law is 5658. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree in law; or a degree in arts, business, commerce or economics with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography.

To satisfy the requirement for same discipline a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least four courses covering international topics.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of International Law is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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