Law, Media & Journalism


This program is not offered in 2019.

Media and law: what's the relationship?

The Master of Law, Media and Journalism at UNSW is a specialist degree that explores the developing relationship between media and law.

This postgraduate program will equip you with the ability to interact with media developments in a practical way, underpinned by a detailed understanding of legal consequences.

Our Law, Media and Journalism courses are suited to students with a background in media or law, or an interest to deepen their knowledge in this growing area.

Through your study, you will develop a comprehensive awareness of regulatory and legal issues through theoretical and practical learning.

Program outcomes

As new media becomes the dominant form of mass communication, it is important for individuals from a range of backgrounds - law, government, business, journalism, corporate communications - to understand how best to use these emergent platforms and the legal rights and responsibilities that accompany such usage.

As part of the Law, Media and Journalism Masters degree you will cover print, radio, television and online media sectors, media relations and corporate communications. This variety will give you a breath of legal knowledge and understanding that will set you apart in the workplace.


Compulsory courses

Students of the Master of Law, Media and Journalism are required to complete up to two compulsory courses in the first year of study.


As a Law, Media and Journalism student, you have the opportunity to develop an individualised program of study, focusing on your interest or area of employment by choosing relevant electives.

In addition to the compulsory courses, students must choose half of their elective courses from the Faculty of Law and half from the International Media and Journalism courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Please note: this program does not lead to a professional qualification for legal practice.

Entry requirements

Eligible applicants for the Master of Law, Media and Journalism must have an appropriate undergraduate degree from UNSW or from another university or tertiary institution.

Entry score calculator

Not sure if your past academic achievements are equivalent to a UNSW credit average?

Use the UNSW postgraduate coursework Entry Score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

The results will help you determine whether your undergraduate grades make you competitive for entry to postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW.


Understanding new media and mass communication

As new media becomes the dominant form of mass communication, it is increasingly important for individuals at all levels of business and government to understand how best to use these emergent platforms and accompanying legal boundaries.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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