single degree

Master of Laws in Migration Law

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Law

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Legal Practice
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Legal Practice

Program Requirements

The Master of Laws in Migration Law requires completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law

LAWS8652 Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law


A maximum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8650 Applied Australian Migration Law and Practice

LAWS8653 Contemporary Issues in Migration Law

LAWS8654 Comparative Migration Law

LAWS8655 Advanced Comparative Migration Law

LAWS8656 Refugee Law and Practice in Australia

LAWS8657 Research Skills (Migration)

LAWS8658 Skilled and Business Migration

LAWS8659 The Family in Australian Migration Law


A maximum of 12 units from completion of further 8000-level courses from the subject area LAWS Law

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

Or a Graduate Certificate of Law with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0, and registration as a Migration Agent.

/or Central Asia region such as Arabic, Indonesian, Persian, Turkish, Russian or French.

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.



Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The ANU Master of Laws in Migration Law will give students the knowledge, understanding and insight for professional success in the demanding and complex environment of migration law. This professional program is designed to expand legal expertise in a rapidly changing complex area of law, providing students with a nuanced understanding of migration law in the domestic and global context.

Students will address recent developments in domestic and international law and professional practice. The program includes research, principles and methods applicable to this area of work and allows students to undertake both a research project and a practice component.

This online program is designed to assist students to structure their engagement with their study around work or family commitments.

We provide specialist training and knowledge to equip students with the critical tools needed to engage with migration law and work as migration law specialist practitioners, policy makers and academics.

Because the program is online it will not be registered on CRICOS for student visa eligibility.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2018

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Demonstrate comprehensive specialised knowledge of migration legislation, case law and policy in Australia;

2. Review, analyse and apply knowledge of different legal and immigration systems in order to explain forces that have shaped those systems;

3. Communicate complex legal concepts effectively both verbally and in writing to a broad audience;

4. Apply knowledge and understanding of migration law in a variety of contexts in an analytical and creative manner ;

5. Demonstrate knowledge of continuous self-directed learning principles;

6. Design and complete an independent research which demonstrates an ability in critical analysis problem solving and ethical professional practice at an advanced level

7. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex client information, client problems, legislation and regulation to develop appropriate solutions for clients.

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After you have accepted your offer you will be emailed your password and uni ID.  You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online through ISIS. 

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

About this degree

How to choose courses and enrol

  1. Consult the program requirements on the Programs and Courses page to see which courses you can choose. For the Master of Laws in Migration Law you must ensure that at least 36 of your 48 units are Migration Law courses and that you complete the compulsory courses.
  2. Look at the Graduate Coursework Timetable to see what courses are offered and which specialisation they belong to. 
  3. Choose a course(s). You can enrol in your whole year's worth of courses, or one course at a time. Domestic students have 5 years to complete the program. A full time study load is 18-24 units per half year period.
  4. Check that you meet the prerequisite(s) for the course.
  5. Enrol in the course on ISIS - for information on how to do this please go to
Commencement date

Most students will commence with either one or both of the two compulsory courses: LAWS8651 Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law and LAWS8652 Administrative Decision Making in Australian Migration Law. Please see the timetable for the start dates.

Online courses

All Migration law courses are all held online and attendance is not compulsory.  You may however, choose to complete one or two courses outside of migration law for which compulsory attendance may be required. ie. at a 4 day intensive. Please see the timetable for a full list of masters courses on offer.

Course Materials

A Course Study Guide will be published for each course on the Wattle course site. This document contains information on the course including: course lecture outline; textbook requirements; reading requirements; assessment details; and policy information.

Reading Guides or E-Bricks will available on the Wattle course site.

You will be given access to the Wattle course site approximately 24-48 hours after you enrol in the course, provided the site is opened. Sites are generally opened a week prior to the commencement of the online course. Course Study Guides, course materials, ebricks, resources, discussion forums, quizzes and online activities can all be accessed via each Wattle course site. Assessments are submitted electronically via the Wattle course site.


If you wish to apply for status (credit/advanced standing) for courses you have studied at another university, you must complete an Application for Status form and submit it to the LLM Program Administrator, along with an official transcript of your previous studies and relevant course descriptions and outlines. You will not be granted status for courses that have already counted towards a completed degree or award.


All email correspondence from the University will be sent to your University Webmail account. You can access this email account at and clicking on the Webmail icon. There is a facility to redirect your university email to a preferred account. Please go to:

Academic Advice

Please seek advice from the Stream Convenor on academic matters relating to the Master of Laws in Migration Law program.

The Stream Convenor is Marianne Dickie

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