There has been a long struggle for Law Schools over compliance with the Australian Quality Framework which has till now required Masters degrees to be typically 2 years in length (unless students already held an Honours or Graduate Diploma qualification).
An email from the AQF today announces that the wording of the Masters specification has been changed. The FAQ attached says:
Question: What are the changes to the Masters Degree specification?
Answer: The revised Masters Degree Specification is included in the Addendum to the AQF Second Edition January 2013: Amended Qualification Type: Masters Degree. This Addendum replaces pages 59-62 of the AQF Second Edition.
The volume of learning descriptors for the Masters Degree (Research) and the Masters Degree (Coursework) have been simplified by deleting the former complex prescriptions. The volume of learning descriptors now comprise a single sentence:
|Volume of learning||The volume of learning of a Masters Degree (Research) is typically 1 – 2 years.||The volume of learning of a Masters Degree (Coursework) is typically 1 – 2 years.||The volume of learning of a Masters Degree (Extended) is typically 3 – 4 years following completion of a minimum of a 3 year level 7 qualification|