Gain advanced knowledge in migration law with our practical and engaging Graduate Diploma in Migration Law.
VU is Australia’s leading migration law education provider, with the longest-running program nationwide. The Graduate Diploma in Migration Law is designed for legal practitioners, HR migration specialists and government workers to build on their knowledge and become registered migration agents.
Through applied research and study you'll gain the following practical knowledge and skills:
- migration-policy expertise
- legal research and drafting skills
- submission-writing techniques
- professional and interpersonal communication skills
- knowledge about the migrant experience and human rights issues.
Our postgraduate program is flexible and adaptable, with a timetable designed for working professionals. You can gain credits for past work experience, exit the course with qualifications at different points and progress to higher learning.
We also offer a bridging course as pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law. You are guaranteed entry into the Graduate Diploma on completion of our Professional Course in Australian Migration Law.
By completing the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and the prescribed external capstone exam, you'll meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).
Semester 1, 2020 timetables
You'll meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) once you've successfully completed both of the following:
- the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law
- the prescribed external capstone exam.
There are other requirements prescribed including but not limited to English language requirements.
Additional requirements for registration as a migration agent can be found at the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.
Our program is designed for working professionals, and offers flexible options so you can fit your study to your life commitments.
Choose between our two tailored programs:
- evening classes, entirely online
- weekend face-to-face classes in Melbourne or Sydney.
We offer the only face-to-face program in Sydney, giving you the option of personal attention in small-group sessions.
Our Graduate Diploma in Migration Law has a strong emphasis on practical, applicable learning, preparing you for career challenges.
As part of your course you'll take part in mock interviews with clients, helping you to learn the kind of questions you'll be asked and the kind of responses you'll be required to give.
We also offer an optional two-week placement program with migration agencies.
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Enhance your current experience in the migration field with a graduate qualification in migration law at VU.
This course is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed in a range of roles across industry sectors including:
- registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
- specialised migration lawyer
- community law advisor
- human resource assessors and advisers
- policy work in government and industry.
Graduates of this course will meet the knowledge requirement for registration as a migration agent. There are additional requirements for registration as a migration agent. These include the requirement to be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen, as well as meeting character requirements. Consult OMARA for further information.
To attain the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:
- 96 credit points of Core studies.
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Review conceptual frameworks and exhibit advanced technical knowledge of migration and administrative law employing independent judgement in their application in wide ranging contexts and communities|
|2.||Interpret relevant provisions of the Migration Act, Regulations and associated legislation contextualised in cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to initiate creative solutions to multi-faceted problems, while respecting and valuing the diversity of clients|
|3.||Provide complex assessment of and advocate for regulatory decisions for a range of stakeholders in a number of ways, including briefs, responses and visa applications, while balancing the interests of individuals and public good|
|4.||Exemplify ethical and professional standards in the provision of migration law advice to clients both independently and also as a member of a team|
|5.||Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type: Full-fee
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.
You will be credited for up to 60 credit points of study.
You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.
Find out more about pathways and credits.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.
How to apply
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Direct applications are due on 5 January 2020 for our next intake which starts on 11 January 2020.Apply direct to VU
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered