Honours Overview


Honours in Business Law is designed to increase understanding of important theoretical and practical legal issues in commercial law, while also developing key practical skills relevant to work not only in a range of business and commercial contexts but also within both government and non-government organisations (e.g. in the fields of policy development and implementation, regulatory compliance supervision and associated governmental activities). In researching and writing their Dissertation students will, through close attention to key texts and the critical examination of current issues and debates, expand and deepen their specialist knowledge of Business Law, gained at undergraduate level, and develop advanced-level research, writing and critical thinking skills.


Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of important theoretical and practical legal issues in commercial law,

especially issues related to taxation law or international commercial law and to regulatory theory and governance; (2) appreciate the interrelationship between law and business and the effects on both of globalisation, international treaties and the rapid pace of technological development; (3) review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, identify and solve defined legal problems and, in so doing, exercise critical judgement and thinking skills; (4) demonstrate the ability to conduct advanced level legal research and writing into business law and related materials and subject areas; and (5) facilitate the practical application of both domestic and international business, taxation and commercial law to business decision making and to regulatory compliance.

Entry requirements

Enrollment in the BPhil or a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Business Law major, or equivalent, as determined by the relevant board.

Intake periods

Beginning of year only


Honours in Business Law can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
non-standard teaching period
Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
S1LAWS4203Dissertation (Business Law) Part 1None
S2LAWS4204Dissertation (Business Law) Part 2None
S1LAWS4509Introduction to Legal Research (Part A)
Enrolment in
Business Law, Law and Society
or Criminology honours program.
S2LAWS4510Introduction to Legal Research (Part B)
LAWS4509 Introduction to Legal Research (Part A) (ID 7976)
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
N/ALAWS4001Oceans GovernanceNone
NSLAWS5215Theory & Practice of Risk RegulationNone
NSLAWS5233Base Erosion, Profit Shifting and Transfer PricingNone
N/ALAWS5236Advanced Australian Corporate TaxationNone
NSLAWS5237Advanced Australian International TaxationNone
N/ALAWS5239Resource TaxationNone
N/ALAWS5240Tax Dispute ResolutionNone
NSLAWS5251International Sales Law
Successful completion of
24 points Unit(s)
NSLAWS5260Intersections of Law, Policy and GovernmentNone
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas LawNone
NSPOLS5501The Politics of Public Policy
LAWS5214 Public Policy