The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.
Melbourne Law School’s specialization in international tax law enables tax professionals, academics, and government officials from Australia or other countries to study international taxation in a global context, working side by side with colleagues from Australia and many other countries.
The international tax program is a globally recognized specialist tax qualification equipping graduates for the practice of taxation law in a rapidly changing economic world. The program is designed for those who plan careers in tax law, whether from Australia or internationally, in which international taxation will play a key role.
Students have a substantial selection of international and comparative tax subjects, combined with a choice from the range of subjects in the Law School’s broader tax and commercial law programs. All subjects are taught by leading international or Australian tax experts with significant reputations in the field of international tax.
Graduates of the Master of International Tax will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in the field of international tax including:
- the rules that apply to residents deriving foreign source income and non-residents driving Australian source income
- the design of tax systems in a global economy and the interaction of the tax rules of sovereign countries
- the role of bilateral treaties between trading partners and the ability of one country to influence outcomes
- the role of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations in developing bi-lateral treaties
- current debates on the applicability of existing corporate and international tax systems and proposed solutions
- Have expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently:
- analyse, critically reflect on and synthesize complex information, concepts and theories in the field of international tax
- research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice; and
- interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills, and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of international tax.
Subject Timing and Format
- Subjects are taught in an interactive seminar style.
- Around 90% of subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters are offered on an intensive basis.
- Semester-length subjects are offered throughout the semester.
- Class sizes normally range from 20 to 30 students. All subjects have a quota. This ensures class sizes are suitable to provide an optimal learning environment.
Intensive subjects are ideal for busy professionals and provide an excellent opportunity to immerse in the subject content.
Subjects are typically taught over five days, either from Monday – Friday or Wednesday – Tuesday, excluding the weekend. This format enables students from interstate or overseas to fly to Melbourne to attend class.
Semester-length subjects are generally taught for two hours in the evening each week during the semester.
Comprehensive reading materials are provided approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of an intensive class. It is expected that students undertake substantial reading before classes begin. Teachers and students are likely to be in contact with each other electronically from the time reading materials are released to the time assessment is due.
Applicants must have completed:
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, at honors standard, or equivalent
- A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional experience.
In assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance
- Professional experience (if necessary).
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.
Also, in considering whether to admit an applicant the Selection Committee will consider:
- The quality of the degree(s) that the applicant has previously been awarded
- The standing and reputation of the university or universities that awarded the degree(s)
- The duration and type of work experience the applicant has obtained
- The relevance of the applicant's work experience to the course for which they have applied.
Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
All applicants must also meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.
You can use TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or CAE to meet the University's English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and within the 24 months preceding application. The University of Melbourne TOEFL Institution Code is 0974.
|IELTS* (academic English Only)||6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)|
|TOEFL (paper-based test)*||577 + TWE 4.5|
|TOEFL (internet-based test)*||79 +
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||58 + no communicative skill below 50|
|Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||176 + no skill below 169|
* Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.
It is also recommended that international applicants contact their nearest Australian Embassy or High Commission to ascertain the English requirements for obtaining a student visa.
About the School
Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years.