Master of Commercial and Resources Law (coursework)

This master's degree is offered to legal and non-legal professionals working in the area of commercial and resources law.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Commercial and Resources Law (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MCRLaw
Course code
20560
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
047155D

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor John Chandler and Professor Camilla Andersen
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Arts and Law Student Office
6488 2091
askUWA

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (18 points):

Note: Students with a recognised Law degree may elect to substitute LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance with any unit from Group B.
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSLAWS5111Corporate Governance for Resources Companies
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance
NSLAWS5252International Trade Financing

Take unit(s) to a minimum value of 12 points and a maximum value of 30 points from this group. (The Faculty recommends that 30 points are taken from this group.):

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSLAWS5239Resource Taxation
NSLAWS5250Foundations of International Commercial Law
NSLAWS5251International Sales Law
Prerequisites:
for students from a non-law background: LAWS5250 Foundations of International Commercial Law
NSLAWS5253International Shipping Law
S1LAWS5254World Trade Organization Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS6254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
NSLAWS5517Mining Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3371 Mining and Energy Law (formerly 200.371 Mining and Energy Law 371), LAWS5144 Mining and Energy Law
NSLAWS5589Australian Oil and Gas Law

Take unit(s) from this group to complete the remainder of points (0-18).

Note: Research Papers must have a focus on Commercial and Resources Law.
Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2LAWS5176Australian Financial Transactions Law and Regulation
Prerequisites:
for Master of Commercial and Resources Law and Master of Taxation Law students: nil; for Master of Applied Finance students: FINA5520 Risk Management and Financial Instruments and FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance and FINA5524 Trading and Markets and ECON5506 The Economics of Financial Markets
N/ALAWS5208Oil and Gas Project Development Law
NSLAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
N/ALAWS5306Arbitration: Practice and Skills
NSLAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
NSLAWS5398Construction Law
Co-requisites:
enrolment in Master of Mining and Energy Laws (20550), Master of International Commercial Law (21510), Graduate Diploma in Mining and Energy Law (20370), Graduate Diploma in Law (20320), Master of Commercial and Resources Law (20360) or Master of Laws (20500)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5208 Oil and Gas Project Development Law
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
NSLAWS5532Oil and Gas Agreements
NSLAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
NSLAWS5576International Commercial Arbitration
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4107 Land Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3307 International Commercial Arbitration, LAWS6576 International Commercial Arbitration
N/ALAWS5590Water Resources Law
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1, and LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
Co-requisites:
Students taking Part 1 in Semester 1 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 2; students taking Part 1 in Semester 2 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 1.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5695 Research Paper II
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
Prerequisites:
Students may only take this unit if they have completed LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1 in the previous semster.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 100, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; and

(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience;

or

(d) completed 24 points of the Graduate Diploma in Commercial and Resources Law of this University with a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent*.

*Credit for units completed in this course will only be given if the course is not conferred.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 20360 Graduate Diploma in Commercial and Resources Law (24 points)
  • 20370 Graduate Diploma in Mining and Energy Law (24 points)
  • 20560 Master of Commercial and Resources Law (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Commercial and Resources Law course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Part-time students, or those commencing mid-year, in their first year of enrolment who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Students other than those covered by (1) who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Credit

13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a total value of 24 points which may include—

(a) a maximum of 24 points for units completed towards a comparable degree of this University or of another recognised tertiary institution;

(b) a maximum of 12 points for studies completed at the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia).