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  • Our applied law courses are specifically designed for professionals from non-law backgrounds to gain an insight into a niche area of law.
  • Tailor your learning to your career: choose from majors in health law, project management or commercial law. Or for more flexibility, choose to complete the course without a specific major.
  • Complete just one or two units for professional development, or complete four to gain the full qualification.
  • Some of the electives units are offered in external or block mode so you can fit study around your lifestyle.
  • Gain the confidence to manage legal issues in your work place.
  • On completion of this you can articulate into the Master of Applied Law and receive full credit for the units already completed.
  • As this course is tailored to professionals without a legal background, the core units give a solid grounding in Australia's common law system. If you already have a law degree, the Master of Laws is for you.
QUT course code LW76
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 6 months full-time
1 year part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Faculty of Law
CRICOS code 077108G
  • Project Manager


Commercial Law major

Learn the intricacies of laws directly relevant to business or commerical transactions. Choose from topics that match your career aspirations, such as: banking and finance law, intellectual property, consumer protection, estate planning, corporate insolvency, public law, privacy law, cyber law, privacy law or insurance laws. The commercial law major is available online and on campus.


Project Management Law major

Designed specifically for engineers, senior managers, mining executives and contract administrators, our project management major gives you powerful insight into emerging issues within exciting areas such as environmental, natural resources and energy law. This major has some units available on campus only.

No major

For flexibility and to tailor your learning to your interests and career aspirations, you can select from any units on offer to complete the course without a major. You can complete the course without a major either online, on campus or a combination of both.

Law elective units are available internally (face-to-face) and/or externally (online). Please check individual unit outlines to determine which units are available in external mode. Some law elective units are offered in alternate years.

Stand-alone units

Some of the health law units can be undertaken as stand alone units as part of the Professional Law Program. This means you don’t have to be enrolled in the graduate certificate or masters to undertake these units. Register now at the Professional Law Program page

Health Law Major

A hospital, clinic, office, gym, or on a sports field - it doesn’t matter where your health job is, if you’re involved in the health industry and want to know more about the laws governing your work place, consider studying health law at QUT. The core units in both the graduate certificate and masters offer an introduction to Australia’s common law system and health law ethics, which is also available as a stand alone unit (see below). These are critical to understanding the context of health law within the Australian legal system. Navigate health law issues in your workplace and manage legal risk. 

Health administrators or managers

You will find our units on health management, health information, quality of management, leadership in health, health care delivery and international health policy can allow you to consider your work place from an entirely new and fresh perspective. You will be able to implement efficiencies and integrate policies and procedures to minimise risk and provide a higher quality service.

Palliative & Aged Care

Working in palliative care, geriatric medicine or management within the aged care or disability industries presents many daily challenges. Our units on death, decisions and the law; capacity, guardianship and administration; consent and clinical negligence; and elder law offer incredible insight into issues that can arise each day. You can gain the confidence and knowledge to manage these issues effectively. In 2015, the Office of the Public Advocate estimated there were 115,745 Queensland adults with impaired decision-making capacity (or 1 in 32 adults), making this area of law an important one.


With the NDIS being rolled out over the next two-three years, service providers and carers need to be empowered and confident about the changes to the health care model and their obligations within it. Areas of capacity, guardianship and administration are critical areas of knowledge to ensure a smooth transition to the new commercialised environment. The NDIS guidelines emphasise that people with disability enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others. Around 89% of NDIS participants have some form of cognitive impairment (NDIS quarterly report, March 2015). Within the applied law graduate certificate and masters, you can undertake units on this area to ensure you’re across the legal frame work and how it applies in this evolving space. This may include elder law, capacity and guardianship, health care delivery or risk assessment.


You may work with children, in child advocacy, child care, social work or in fertility, so our units on children’s health, conception, birth and the law offer an introduction to key issues, considering real case studies and how the law has been applied.

Medical & Health professionals

Discover the ins and outs of law in a clinical context with our unit on consent and clinical negligence. Offering real world cases and practical examples, applied law at QUT is the starting point for gaining confidence with legal issues in your work place. Depending on your role and interest in management, units on health management, health information, quality of management and leadership in health may also offer the career expansion you’re looking for.

Health Law Research

Our flagship research centre, the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, is led by Rhodes Scholar Professor Ben White and Professor Lindy Willmott. The Centre brings together the largest cohort of health law academics in Australia. They share their knowledge, experience and expertise in the applied law course, so you have access to the leading minds on Australian health law.


Advanced standing

Graduates may wish to apply for the Master of Applied Law and are eligible for 48 credit points of advanced standing towards their degree


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Certificate in Applied Law

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Law is made up of 4 units (48 credit points)

The Generic, Commercial Law Major and Health Law Major consists of: 2 core units and 2 Law elective units.

The Project Management Major consists of: 3 core units and 1 Law elective unit.

Unit Information: Law elective units are available internally face to face and or externally on-line. Please check individual unit outlines to determine which units are available in external mode. Some law elective units are offered in alternate years.



Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) in any of the following areas or relevant disciplines:

  • business
  • criminology
  • criminal justice
  • engineering
  • justice
  • urban development; or

A completed recognised:

  • bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate  (or higher award) in any discipline; or
  • bachelor degree (or higher award) in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of one year full-time relevant recognised professional experience; or
  • associate degree or advanced diploma in any discipline plus a minimum of three years full-time relevant professional work experience; or
  • diploma in any discipline plus four years full-time relevant recognised professional work experience; or

Completion of a minimum of four units in a recognised coursework masters degree in any discipline.

 Alternative entry

Admission may be granted on provision of evidence of no less than five years full-time relevant and recognised professional work experience. Work experience is judged against the following criteria:

  • demonstrated knowledge of transactional, contractual and regulatory processes and public policy in the context of your profession; and
  • communicated key concepts in policy or practise in the professional context.

A curriculum vitae and statement of service from your employer must be provided with your application if admission is sought based under the ‘alternative entry’ scheme.


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $11,700 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $11,200 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Certificate in Applied Law

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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