Dispute Resolution - L6011

Dispute Resolution

Expert master degree

If you are interested in the area of dispute resolution then this course will assist you to advance your career in this developing area of expertise.

The Master of Dispute Resolution is for those working as a dispute resolution practitioners, including as an arbitrator or mediator. The course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in law and the advanced skills required for working in this field. You will gain in-depth knowledge in areas of dispute resolution in the courts and alternative dispute resolution methods. You will also investigate contemporary law issues, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex issues relevant to the field from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

We are one of the most prestigious law schools in Australia, and this course designed for non-law graduates is offered at our Monash University Law Chambers in the heart of the legal district of Melbourne.

We offer a broad range of choice from our dispute resolution areas, or you can select from across the range of Masters law elective units. These include areas such as advocacy, sentencing, mediation, evidence and proof in litigation,conflict and negotiation skills and arbitration of international commercial dispute — to name a few. By undertaking this course you will gain thorough theoretical and practical grounding in dispute resolution law and practice. You will also develop the advanced professional skills and specialist knowledge required for work in this dynamic field.

Our course provides the flexibility to choose a program of study to suit your interests, skills and professional goals. Full-time orpart-time study options allow you to continue to work, as well as meet personal commitments.

The course enhances your capacity to undertake independent research, and includes options for a pathway to doctoral studies.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Melbourne City, Australia: Full time & part time
Duration
  • 1 year (full time)
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date Trimester 1 (January), Trimester 2 (May), Trimester 3 (August)
Qualification Master of Dispute Resolution
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

To qualify as a bachelor honours degree for the purpose of admission, a degree must generally be a minimum of four years duration and include a semester length research component.

A cognate discipline is a related discipline relevant to the specific area of specialisation. (For example a student applying to enrol in the dispute resolution area would need to have completed a degree which includes an area of specialisation or groups of units relevant to the dispute resolution context).

Work-based or other learning is relevant to the extent that it has contributed to advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled legal work or work in a field cognate to the specific area of specialisation. It may include learning in the context of completion of legal professional admission requirements.

To adequately demonstrate your experience, please ensure that you submit a CV which outlines your job title, the organisation name and department and the type, the number of employees, the duration of your tenure and the type (e.g. full time, part-time, casual), a description of the tasks for which you were responsible, how they relate to the area of specialisation in which you are interested, and the nature and extent of the skills they require, including any research skills.

You are required to submit one original employment reference which supports your CV (if you were self-employed, you should submit original references from two clients. You should also provide a URL of your organisation).

To adequately demonstrate other learning please include results transcripts and evidence of satisfactory completion (where applicable) and an explanation of how the specific studies have advanced your knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled legal work or work in a field cognate to the specific area of specialisation.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

A bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including education, management, psychology, human resources, business administration, industrial relations, communications or another relevant discipline, as determined by the faculty, with a minimum credit average.

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) plus either a graduate diploma (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline including education, management, psychology, human resources, business administration, industrial relations, communications or another relevant discipline or a graduate certificate (or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline including  education, management, psychology, human resources, business administration, industrial relations,  communications or another relevant discipline as determined by the faculty.

Or

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including education, management, psychology, human resources, business administration, industrial relations, communications or another relevant discipline plus sufficient relevant work-based experience or professional learning to provide the equivalent of a bachelor honours degree on one of those disciplines, as determined by the faculty. Applicants will be assessed on their entire academic record, with a credit average (or equivalent) preferred. As a general rule, students who do not have a credit average or are relying on relevant work experience to satisfy entry requirements will need to have worked for at least two years, although the required period may be shorter where the work experience has been supplemented by other relevant learning.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Trimester 1 (January)

Apply directly to Monash using course code L6011

Trimester 2 (May)

Apply directly to Monash using course code L6011

Trimester 3 (August)

Apply directly to Monash using course code L6011

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$33,700

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course is structured in 2 parts. Part A. Dispute resolution knowledge and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research.  All students complete Part A and Part B.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]