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Why study the SCU Online MBL?

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Accelerated and designed for busy professionals

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Australia's only 100% online postgraduate business law course

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Learn through contemporary case studies 

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Gain a strong understanding of Australian business law

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Mitigate legal risk, understand legal obligation

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Dedicated support every step of the way 

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Engaging, self-directed study that fits your schedule

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Quick facts

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Duration

16 months part-time

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Study mode

100% online

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Intakes

Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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Units

8

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Fees

$2,990 per unit, FEE-HELP available

Hear from Professor Bill MacNeil, Head of School of Law and Justice, on why he thinks the MBL is such a valuable course for non-lawyers, and why business professionals need a strong understanding of the law in relation to business.

Professor Bill McNeil: "Hi, I’m Bill MacNeil, I’m the Dean of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University and I’m delighted by your interest in the online Master of Business Law at SCU." Subheading: 3 core themes of the MBL. Bill McNeil: "So there are three themes with the course. The first theme is knowledge, it’s a Legal-Acumen. Not only will you be able to identify legal issues and challenges, you’ll be able to understand, interpret, and apply legal doctrine and policy preemptively and proactively before those challenges become more deleterious - meaning leading to litigation or some type of mediation. Second, you’ll understand the risks and obligations that the law imposes or entails. So every decision that you make in business entails some sort of risk, but you’ll be aware of the regulatory structure, the policies, the laws in place, to minimise and mitigate those risks. Moreover you’ll understand the obligations, the rights and duties that arise from law and lawmaking, the contract they impose, that tort gets raised to, that commerce and corporations entail. Third and finally, you’ll be able to leverage opportunity. Imagine planning that is paralysis free, where your decision making is never frozen by anxiety about whether this will involve you in legal risk or obligations that you can’t sustain. You’ll know precisely what you can sustain and be able to manoeuvre, and move flexibility with agility and with confidence in all your decision making throughout your business career. So safeguard yourself and your business and enroll in the Master of Business Law at Southern Cross University."

Safeguard yourself and your business in a world of risk

The online Master of Business Law from Southern Cross University enables graduates to identify legal risk and obligation across the business landscape, resulting in better-informed business decisions. In an increasingly regulated work environment, business professionals cannot afford to operate blindly with no legal consideration within their day to day business decisions – one ill-advised decision can have devastating consequences.

Being able to confidently navigate the changing business landscape, understand the implications of your decisions and minimise risks can make you a critical and valued part of any business. 

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Develop legal acumen

Understand, interpret and apply the law in relation to business contexts. Your increased legal literacy will benefit day-to-day business leadership. 

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Identify legal risk & obligation 

Confidently identify the legal risk that exists behind your business decisions and understand the legal obligation present in corporate dealings. 

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Leverage opportunities

Use your knowledge and skills to be agile in your business and seize opportunities quickly. Confidently navigate the changing business landscape, understand decision implications and minimise the risk of key decisions. 

What you will study

To gain your online Master of Business Law, you will study eight units. This includes two core units and six elective units. The elective units on offer will depend on what intake you begin your studies.

This unit provides a thorough introduction to the important institutions and processes that influence the ongoing development of Australian law.

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In this unit, formulate and refine a research topic, locate source materials using advanced technologies and present a research proposal.

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This unit offers you the opportunity to explore contemporary topics of interest, debate and policy development within the discipline of intellectual property (IP) law.

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This unit engages with and analyses fundamental property law concepts.

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This unit provides an understanding of the operation of the competition law provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, as well as the economic theory underlying.

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Gain a strong understanding of the operation of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – The Australian Consumer Law, and the economic theory underlying the Act.

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This unit examines the legal and equitable principles and statutory framework underpinning contract law in Australia.

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This unit introduces the global legal system, specifically global business law.

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Explore the specific issues that impact corporations involved in litigation.

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Gain knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of tax law.

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Critically reflect on corporate governance mechanisms in the Australian legal terrain.

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Early exit option

If you need to take a break from study, our degree in Business Law has built in an early exit point. Receive a Graduate Certificate in Business Law by completing the unit Legal Institutions and Processes and three elective units.

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

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Next study period

Jan
2020

Applications close in

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Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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To qualify for the Master of Business Law online, you must have:

  • A Bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum Credit average, or equivalent; or

  • A Bachelor degree in any discipline, or equivalent, and two years of documented relevant professional experience; AND

  • Students also need to be proficient in English.

If you are a qualified lawyer, you could also be eligible for the Master of Laws (Business Law) degree.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

We recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At SCU Online, we have helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
     
SCU Online provides affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
     
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 

 

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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

Australian Qualifications Framework

SCU’s online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring you a quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development.

The World Universities Rankings

Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 150 Young Universities.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

SCU postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above national average.

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Jessica - MBL - testimonial

Master of Business Law student Jessica.

The MBL includes electives in emerging fields like Intellectual Property Law, which will safeguard me as a small business owner and Consultant, as well as the companies which I represent.

Jessica Mahon

Online Master of Business Law graduate and Consultant

Mike - MBL - testimonial

Master of Business Law student Mike.

Favourite units were the Law of Corporate Governance, Global Business Law and Advanced Legal Research. I found these units both challenging and rewarding as well as increasing my overall business knowledge and ability to contribute to the Social Enterprise organisations to which I belong.

Mike McCaw

Online Master of Business Law graduate and Managing Director

Sangeeta - MBL - testimonial

MBL student Sangeeta.

I am able to better present the legal implications of certain projects in a global context in case the project is to be replicated in a different jurisdiction from where it was established.

Sangeeta Prasad

Online Master of Business Law graduate and Communications and Management Consultant

David- MBL - testimonial

MBL graduate David Fisher.

I'm a financial controller in an engineering firm. As I came from an accounting background, I needed to sit an Introduction to Law course to get started. I'm thoroughly enjoying the learning experience at SCU and the new perspectives are helping me progress my career.

David Fisher

Online Master of Business Law student and Financial Controller

Kathryn- MBL - testimonial

MBL graduate Kathryn.

I work for local government, so studying Advanced Property Law has greatly improved my knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by our ratepayers - as well as our administration - when it comes to property law, boundary realignments, strata titles and units, subdivision and dispute resolution.

Kathryn Oliver

Online Master of Business Law student and Business Systems Supervisor

What our students do

Current Master of Business Law students work in a range of business roles that require legal expertise. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs. 

  • Commercial Director
  • Governance and Planning Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Lecturer
  • Finance Officer

 

  • Contract Administrator
  • Commercial Services Manager
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Professor Bill MacNeil explains how the Master of Business Law gives you the skills to navigate legal risk in business and be able to leverage opportunities.

Professor Bill McNeil: "Hi, I'm Bill McNeil. I'm the Dean of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University and I'm delighted by your interest in the online Master of Business Law at SCU, which is a course we're very very proud of at SCU and the SLJ. And we're proud of it because it's innovative, and it's innovative because it's a postgraduate, online legal credential for the non-lawyer - and I stress the non-lawyer. For example, you might be an engineer working in a firm, you might be an accountant working in a government office or an editor in a publishing house, and each of those professions will have different requirements and training - a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Business or a Bachelor of Engineering. But all of you will run into the brick wall of the law one day. For the editor, it could be copyright problems and intellectual property. For the accountant, it could be tax law issues around evasion and avoidance. For the engineer, it could be risk assessment with a contract. All of them share the same legal challenges in that their challenges involve the law first and foremost. With a Master of Business Law from Southern Cross, you will be able to negotiate those challenges, to utilise the specialist knowledge and the skillset that you acquire in that degree program, to solve those challenges even before they occur."

Meet a Course Academic

Professor William MacNeil is the Dean of Law and Head of School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University. He has an extensive legal background and is the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law. Professor MacNeil is also a scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies and his most recent book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction; won the 2013 Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities.