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  • Postgraduate law courses are not just for lawyers. Professionals from an array of industries can benefit from legal knowledge that’s relevant to their workplace.
  • Our applied law courses are specifically designed for professionals from non-law backgrounds to gain an insight into a niche area of law.
  • It will give you the confidence to manage legal issues in your workplace.
  • 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.
  • Whether you’re a health professional, project manager, engineer or work in businesses, we have a law course that’s suitable for you.
  • 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
Note: Part-time - Residing offshore; or Part-time - Residing in Australia: only available to international students onshore on an Australian government visa other than a student visa that entitles the holder to study.
Start month 2018 & 2019 July, February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online

Note: All core units are available in external mode, however, not all elective units are available in this mode. The external online study mode is only available to non-student visa holders or international students studying from their home country.
  • Faculty of Law
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
CRICOS code 077108G
  • Project Manager


As part of this course, you can choose a major, or opt to complete the course without a major.

Commercial 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.

Project Management 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.

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 the common law system and health law ethics. These are critical to understanding the context of health law within the legal system. Navigate health law issues in your workplace and manage legal risk. 

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.

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 and Commercial Law Major consists of: 2 core units and 2 Law elective units.

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 online. Please check individual unit outlines to determine which units are available in external mode. Some 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

Successful completion of a minimum of four units (full-time ,one semester) in a recognised coursework masters degree in any discipline.


Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2019: $17,400 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $16,800 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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


How to apply for Graduate Certificate in Applied Law

You're ready to apply 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 costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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