Postgraduate programs

Postgraduate programs

The Macquarie Law School currently offers 5 undergraduate environmental law electives in the LLB program (LAW490 Land Use Planning Law, LAW560 Environmental Law, LAW569 International Environmental Law, LAW575 Advanced Topics on Environmental Law and LAW592 Issues in International Heritage Conservation) and 4 international law electives LAW460 International Trade and Finance, LAW562 Law of International Organisations, LAW586 Law of the Sea, LAW588 International Dispute Settlement in addition to the compulsory unit LAW459 International Law.

A range of postgraduate coursework programs and units are offered including: Climate Change Law; Comparative Environmental Law; International Dispute Settlement; International Law; International Human Rights Law; International Trade & Finance Law; Law, Globalisation & Cultural Transformation; Law & Moral Dilemmas; Pollution and Environmental Regulation; Sustainable Corporate Governance & Financing; Indigenous Peoples & Natural Resource Management; Heritage Law & Policy; Trade & Environment; Environmental Litigation & Mediation; Water & Marine Resources Law; and an Environmental Law & Policy Clinic.

Postgraduate coursework

Macquarie Law School offers postgraduate coursework programs for lawyers and non-lawyers. These programs are designed to enhance legal knowledge, equipping our graduates with the skills and capabilities to further their careers in both law and law-related fields. Our students also have the option of researching and writing dissertations as a pathway to higher degree research.

Students may undertake their studies on either a full-time or part-time basis, and both internal and distance delivery modes are available. Distance delivery mode still requires attendance at 2 or 3 day on-campus sessions for each unit.

In addition to Masters programs, Macquarie Law School also offers postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas that may be articulated into particular Masters programs. The Master of Laws (LLM) is only available to law graduates. Our other programs are open to graduates from a variety of backgrounds.


There are two enrolment periods each year, allowing students to commence their studies in either first or second semester. Australian and New Zealand students may apply for admission through UAC. Closing dates are generally late December and late May, but specific information should be sought through the UAC website.

All international students are required to apply through the Macquarie International website, which can also advise on visa requirements, fees and closing dates for applications. A full list of law postgraduate coursework programs offered to international students can be obtained from the Macquarie International website.

Postgraduate coursework programs

The postgraduate coursework programs offered at Macquarie Law School include:

  • Master of Laws, with specialisations in:
    • Environmental Law
    • International Environmental Law
    • Legal History
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Law
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Law
  • Masters of Environmental Law
  • Masters of International Environmental Law
  • Postgraduate Certificate in International Trade and Commerce Law
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade and Commerce Law
  • Masters of International Trade and Commerce Law
  • Masters of International Trade and Commerce Law / Masters of International Relations

For information on postgraduate law by coursework, visit our Postgraduate Future Students page.


University and Government scholarships

All enquiries regarding scholarships should be addressed to the Higher Degree Research Unit (HDRU). Find out more detailed information about Scholarship requirements for Higher Degree Research Candidates.



Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund
The purpose of the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) is to encourage and facilitate high quality research among postgraduate students in all areas of the University. The Scheme is run biannually (March and August) and funds are awarded to assist individual research degree students. All applications will be considered on a competitive basis taking into account individual merit and need. Students must apply one semester in advance for the fund.

Applications, to a maximum value of $4,000, may be made to cover costs of small items of equipment, word processing facilities, archival and resource visits, travel, (expensive) chemicals and biochemicals, library on-line searching, international inter-library loans and the costs of attending a conference where a paper or presentation is to be made.

Travel scholarships/International Office
Travel grants are for postgraduate students seeking a Macquarie university degree who are travelling abroad for study, exchange and other programs (for example internships, research, language courses and study tours). These are valued between AUD$500 and AUD$1500. The travel grant application deadlines are the 15th of every month. Cheques will be available by the end of the following month.

Divisional funding

Funding is available through the Macquarie Law School to assist Postgraduate Research Students studying Law at Macquarie University.

Applications to a maximum value of $3,000, may be made to cover costs of small items, such as binding and the costs of attending a conference. For additional assistance or advice contact the Scholarships or Commencements Teams, Higher Degree Research Office, The Research Hub, Level 3 C5C East, email: or

The Centre for Environmental Law bases its engagement with undergraduates on an enthusiastic student volunteer program. These volunteers are law students with a particular interest in environmental law, and boast various specific skills that aid in the development of the centre.

The student volunteer programme has been integral to the successes of the Centre, being involved in the development and administration of all of the Centre’s major projects to date. The program as a whole is an evolving dimension of the Centre, seeking to provide a mentoring environment for undergraduates and practical experience in environmental and legal research.

Each volunteer has a particular role and portfolio to work on, which is overseen by the Director and a HDR candidate appointed Coordinator. Weekly or fortnightly meetings take place between each volunteer and the Coordinator to ensure progress, answer any queries, and to delegate new tasks. A monthly group meeting is held for all volunteers to discuss current issues and overall objectives for the centre. As previously mentioned, each volunteer is allocated a portfolio.

These portfolios are designed so that each student is in charge of a particular aspect of the development of the Centre and its projects. The program as a whole is an evolving dimension of the Centre, seeking to provide a mentoring environment for undergraduates and practical experience in environmental and legal research.

Some of the portfolios that volunteers work on include:


'Strategic Directions' is a significant role as it requires development of the Centre's Strategic Plan, comprising strategic goals and key performance indicators. It is envisioned that the Strategic Plan will contribute to the Centre’s success by identifying its current strengths and opportunities for improvement, in addition to providing specific methods to achieve the desired results, and growth, over a five year period.


The 'Strategic Partnerships' role involves developing strategic partnerships with influential international and domestic bodies and ultimately enhancing the reputation of the Centre. More specifically, the position entails engaging with preeminent scholars in the field of International and Environmental law as well as fostering strong working relationships with other environmental law centres, particularly those based in Asia and the Pacific..


'Website and Newsletter Development' is another important role as it is being responsible for the website content, creating, composing and distributing the student newsletter, and the overall publicity and marketing of the Centre to the University and its students. The newsletter offers students an outlet for their own research, producing coverage of current environmental law issues, and a forum for the development of their research and legal writing skills outside the classroom. .


The 'Local Projects' role involves assistance with collaboration on environmental planning and local government projects. Currently this includes assisting with the development of the ‘local implementation of environmental frameworks’ symposium is being hosted by the Centre this year, and the strategic planning of developing this symposium into an annual event. Part of this role includes administration, which consists of confirming speakers, and their respective affiliations and titles and abstracts of their speeches relevant to theme of the symposium in order to compile a programme for the event.


The 'International Projects' role is currently split into 'Bangladesh' and 'Vanuatu' and undertaken by several volunteers. Their roles require regular communication with local and international partners as conducting the research through the training events is a collaborative venture between the Centre and the Bangladesh government. The work focuses on the promotion of sustainable trade and economic practices by coordinating international capacity building. Sourcing funding is therefore a necessary part of the role, mainly in helping to develop funding applications from government agencies such as AUSAid. It also includes identifying and developing potential research output from these projects. The international projects role also allows students the opportunity to engage and develop their research skills.


The 'Outreach' development portfolio involves contacting individuals, organisations, NGOs, local communities etc. in order to seek out any new areas or opportunities in which the centre may be able to collaborate in order to foster outreach and further the influence of the Centre. This involves finding out if these people are undertaking any projects (current or the future) that would align with the research themes of the centre and organising some sort of assistance or collaboration if there are such relevant projects.


Another role for student volunteers is the ongoing development of Macquarie University's Australian Journal of Environmental Law. This role involves the revitalising the Journal and making it more competitive, including through the review of other journal and their strategies, mission statements and marketing approaches. The ultimate goal of this development is to make the Journal an important, flagship initiative of the Centre and a means to publish high quality research that draws interest from around the world.

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