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Why study the SCU Online Master of Business Law?

100 per cent online course
First online course of its kind

Australia’s first 100% online postgraduate law course

Outstanding student support

#1 in Australia for Education Student Support1

Top 200 Young Universities

Ranked in the top 200 universities in the world that are 50 years old or younger2

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2Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2023

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Quick facts


16 months

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct




$3,399 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.


The SCU Online Master of Business Law difference


Are you thinking about studying for an online business law masters degree? At SCU, we’re cultivating the leaders of tomorrow, today, right in our very own backyard. We aim to provide an exceptional education experience through our unique learning model and innovative online platform. We’re committed to lifelong learning and providing equal access to education for everyone, regardless of background or location. As one of the top universities in the world at only 25 years young, we’re pioneers in online education and have been doing so since 2015. We’re a rising, dynamic university that is proud to be a game changer and leader in education. That’s the SCU Online difference and why you should study an online Master of Business Law with us.


Get qualified sooner

With our accelerated learning model, you’ll graduate sooner than you would in the traditional part-time semester or trimester structure. Complete your degree in just 16 months, studying part-time.


First of its kind business law degree

The first degree of its kind offered 100% online where you will develop the legal acumen to make confident business decisions.


Tailor your degree to your interests

Focus on the areas of business law that are important to you, choosing six electives in areas of property law, competition law, consumer law, taxation, contract law or corporate governance.


Unique learning model

Find the ideal balance between work, life and study through our unique seven-week study units. Apply the knowledge and skills you learn immediately to real-world situations.


Expand your network

Engage in our learning platform, building your global network of professional contacts, business connections and other like-minded peers.


Unparalleled support

Receive academic and non-academic support to assist with your study from enrolment through to graduation. Have full access to SCU campuses, including the library and other facilities.


How does the online Master of Business Law work with SCU?

  • With no exams, you’ll learn through quizzes, videos, interactive presentations and more.
  • Connect with academics and students through online chat platforms and discussion boards.
  • Access support throughout the course, including feedback from a learning coach and a dedicated student success advisor from enrolment through to graduation.
  • Live classes are optional but encouraged for networking, while the course is self-paced.
  • To make the most of your learning experience, we recommend dedicating around 20 hours per week to your studies.
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Career and salary outcomes

As a Master of Business Law graduate, you’ll be equipped with the specialist legal skills and knowledge allowing you to confidently navigate today’s corporate environment. Here’s a quick preview of potential career options and their corresponding salary outcomes:

Commercial Manager

Commercial Manager, typical annual salary:$190,000

Business Consultant

Business Consultant, typical annual salary:$120,000

Contracts Administrator

Contracts Administrator, typical annual salary: $120,000

Governance Risk and Compliance Consultant

Governance Risk and Compliance Consultant, typical annual salary:$140,000

Business Services Manager

Business Services Manager, typical annual salary: $128,000


Chief Executive Officer (CEO), typical annual salary: $225,000

*Salary outcomes captured by, accurate as of September 2023.

What you will study

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


Learning outcomes with a Master of Business Law degree online


Develop legal acumen

Build your legal literacy, so you can confidently interpret and apply the law in relation to business contexts.


Identify legal risk and obligation

Develop your capacity to understand and interpret legal risks and obligations so you can implement sound decisions in corporate dealings while avoiding possible litigation.


Gain specialist knowledge in your area of interest

Study two core units and select six electives in the areas of property law, competition law, consumer law, taxation, contract law or corporate governance.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into 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.

At SCU Online, we value your past education and work experience, allowing you to potentially reduce the online Master of Business Law’s length through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Should you have any relevant professional work experience or academic qualifications that you would like us to acknowledge, please provide as much evidence of this as possible when applying to study the Master of Business Law.

Gain credit for your previous experience and graduate even sooner with Advanced Standing. At SCU Online, we proactively assess each student’s prior learning, qualifications and professional experience and provide custom pathways to complete your online Master of Business Law.

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Need more information on the entry requirements?

Chat to a Student Enrolment Advisor today via live chat or call us on 1300 863 819 to discover your eligibility.


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Meet the course coordinator


Dr John Orr is a lecturer and Course Coordinator at Law & Justice, Southern Cross University. John has taken a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (and university medal) from SCU and a Doctor of Philosophy from QUT. John is available to provide valuable support and expertise to students studying the SCU Online Master of Business Law through:

  • Extensive knowledge: Understand legal principles and research skills through John’s extensive academic background and research excellence.
  • Hands-on learning: Learn how to bridge the gap between theory and practice, understanding how legal principles are applied in the business world.
  • Networking opportunities: Be connected to a network of professionals within the legal/business sector and expand your industry connections and opportunities for mentorship, internship and job prospects.
  • Dedicated one-on-one support: Have a question regarding an assignment, a unit topic or deadline? John is available throughout the course to provide any support and feedback that you need to succeed.

What our students say about our online Master of Business Law

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


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Master of Laws
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Duration: 16 months part-time

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Frequently asked questions

Our Master of Business Law course is 100% online and flexible for busy people.

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.

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.

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
  • CEO

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.

Core units:

  • Legal Institutions and Processes
  • Advanced Legal Research

Elective units:

  • Advanced Intellectual Property Law
  • Advanced Property Law
  • Competition Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Advanced Contract Law
  • Global Business Law
  • Litigation and Corporations
  • Tax Law
  • Law of Corporate Governance

No, the Master of Business Law is for business professionals wanting to get a better understanding of commercial law, identifying legal risk and obligation.

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.

Yes, you must have a Bachelor degree to be eligible to study our Master of Business Law.

Below are some of the key learning outcomes of our Master of Business Law.

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.

Identify legal risk & obligation:

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

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.

We may 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.

To find out more about advanced standing, get in touch with one of our Enrolment Advisors on 1300 863 819.

Advanced standing focuses primarily on receiving credit from previous academic study, such as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, while RPL encompasses a wider range of learning experiences as well as professional work experience. Both processes provide the opportunity for you to have your prior learning recognised, thereby reducing the amount of time and effort required to complete the Master of Business Law online.