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C06122v1 Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice (GradDipMigLawPrac)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 36
Course EFTSL: 0.75
Location: Distance

Notes

This course is only available by distance mode in the Summer, Autumn and Spring sessions. International students are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.


Overview
Career options
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

This course allows students to develop expertise in migration law and practice. The course offers students an integrated program with a focus on applied knowledge and practical skills.

This course is undertaken entirely online, removing the need for students to attend face-to-face classes. All lectures, tutorials, course materials and assessments are distributed by a combination of web-based technology and electronic media. Optional on-campus workshops for each subject and an internship opportunity are also offered. Some course materials are available on YouTube. Audio recordings and/or PowerPoint slides can be made available for the weekly lectures and workshops to accommodate students based outside of Australia who undertake this course in countries where YouTube access is restricted.

On completion of this course, students intending to work in the area of migration practice have the required knowledge and skills to provide immigration assistance, and are eligible to sit a capstone exam approved and facilitated externally by the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority to satisfy the prescribed knowledge requirements for registration as an Australian migration agent.

Career options

Career options include registration as a migration agent and specialist work in the migration advice and policy industry, provided non-lawyer graduates also pass a capstone exam approved and facilitated externally by Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority, and fulfil all other prescribed requirements for registration.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

For this course the equivalent qualification required is a bachelor's degree in law or a discipline other than law or a law qualification from an overseas jurisdiction. Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed subjects in equivalent migration law and practice courses at the Australian National University, Griffith University, Victoria University or Murdoch University may be granted up to a maximum of 18 credit points of credit towards this course. Students who have attained a law degree and who have been admitted to practice law in a common law jurisdiction may be granted exemptions for subjects 78300 Introduction to Migration Law and 78305 Migration Law in Practice. Applicants are required to provide evidence of admission to practice, e.g. a practicing certificate or equivalent from their home jurisdiction, with their RPL application.

More detailed information (including application, credit point limits, time limits, appeal of decision, record of precedent) about recognition of prior learning in the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice is available at postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

The standard course can be completed in one year of full-time or one-and-a-half years of part-time study. There are three intakes a year (in Autumn, Spring and Summer sessions).

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 36 credit points of compulsory core law subjects (six subjects).

Industrial training/professional practice

This course covers the Occupational Competency Standards for registered migration agents.

Course completion requirements

STM91220 Core (Migration Law and Practice) 36cp
Total 36cp

Course program

Typical full-time and part-time programs are shown below for students commencing the course in Autumn session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
78300 Introduction to Migration Law   6cp
78301 Australia's Visa System   6cp
78302 Bridging Visas, Work Visas and Study Visas   6cp
Spring session
78303 Family Visas, Refugee and Humanitarian Visas, and Miscellaneous Visas   6cp
78304 Compliance and Review of Visa Decisions   6cp
78305 Migration Law in Practice   6cp
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
78300 Introduction to Migration Law   6cp
78301 Australia's Visa System   6cp
Spring session
78302 Bridging Visas, Work Visas and Study Visas   6cp
78303 Family Visas, Refugee and Humanitarian Visas, and Miscellaneous Visas   6cp
Summer session
78304 Compliance and Review of Visa Decisions   6cp
78305 Migration Law in Practice   6cp

Professional recognition

The prescribed knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority in Australia can be fulfilled by completing all accredited subjects in this course and passing an external capstone exam approved and facilitated externally by the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).

Other information

Further information for future students is available on:

telephone +61 2 9514 3660
email
law@uts.edu.au

Further information for current students is available on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
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