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Course structure

Students must complete 100 credit points in total. All international students are required to undertake Foundations of Tax Law. This subject provides a necessary grounding in Australian common law and statutory law of taxation, enabling a comparison with students’ home country tax systems. It provides the foundation for successful study in the other tax subjects studied in the course.

Students must complete at least 75 credit points from the prescribed lists and may select up to 25 credit points from the subjects offered in the Master of Commercial Law.

Subject timing and format

The Melbourne Law Masters program has been designed around the busy schedules of working professionals. Subjects are offered from February to December each year. Most subjects are taught intensively over five days, with some subjects taught for two hours each week during the semester.

Subjects delivered online will have a combination of pre-recorded lecture content, live sessions and discussion boards among other resources. On-campus subjects involve interactive, seminar-style classes in the Law Building in Melbourne.

Class sizes are typically limited to 30 students regardless of delivery mode.


Full-time students enrol in 50 credit points per semester (or half-year period) and have an expected course duration of one year. Part-time* students enrol in 25 credit points per semester (or half-year period) and have an expected course duration of two years. Semesters without enrolments require a student to apply for a leave of absence.

*Part-time enrolment is for domestic students only. Part-time students may reduce their study load to 12.5 credit points per half-year period and thus have a maximum course duration of four years.

Study Abroad at Oxford

Students enrolled in the Master of Tax also have the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Oxford.
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For detailed course and subject information, see the Handbook: Master of Tax.


Professor Miranda Stewart

The wide-ranging and innovative tax specialisation at Melbourne Law School is the product of a creative partnership between the profession and the School.

Director of Studies, International Tax and Tax - Miranda Stewart

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