Graduate Diploma in Military Law (GDipMilitaryLaw)

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Special Notes

This program is only available to Australian Defence Force Legal Officers and not available for general admission

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Graduate Diploma in Military Law will enable students to engage at an advanced level with key military law principles that are relevant to practice as a Legal Officer in the Australian Defence Force.

The Graduate Diploma in Military Law is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Apply principles of law to complex legal problems, and critique law and supporting policy from theoretical and practical perspectives at an extended abstract level.
2. Incorporate diverse perspectives into analysis of military law, and critique military law and supporting policy from theoretical and practical perspectives.
3. Undertake advanced research in military law which engages with primary and secondary legal materials and be able to make original contributions to the resolution of inconsistencies in the law, identify conflicts between law and policy, resolve gaps in the law and policy and locate opportunities for improvement to law, policy and/or practice.
4. Communicate military law information highly effectively to relevant ADF audiences, both legal and non-legal, including in training contexts.
5. Employ personal autonomy, and apply judgement, adaptability and responsibility at high levels as a military law professional in the fields of discipline, administrative and operational law.
6. Reflect on their abilities to perform the role of a professional military lawyer and interact with others to do so effectively.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Military Law

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Military Law .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Military Law, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 24 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
LAW 7301 Advanced Military Administrative Law 4.5
LAW 7302 Advanced Military Discipline Law 4.5
LAW 7303 Advanced Military Operations Law 3

Courses to the value of 12 units from the following:

Where transfer credit of 12 units at the University of Adelaide is awarded for completion of all 24 units of the following courses at the Australian National University:

LAWS 8160 Military Discipline Law
LAWS 8161 Military Legal Practice
LAWS 8162 Military Operations Law
LAWS 8163 Military Administrative Law