Course overview

  • Develop your interest in healthcare law.
  • Pursue a flexible and interdisciplinary course in healthcare law.
  • Flexible, online course with no requirement to attend classes on campus.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Course Level:

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)


CODE 12018

How long it takes:

15 months (part-time)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Course unit details

On this certificate you are required to successfully complete 60 credits of course units.

If you are studying the distance learning certificate, you are normally expected to complete the 30 credit core unit in Medico-Legal Problems in Year 1, and then two options in Year 2:

  • Medicine, Law and Society (15 credits)
  • Mental Health Law and Policy (15 credits)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Medico-Legal Problems (Distance Learning) CSEP60113 30 Mandatory
Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60243 15 Mandatory
Medicine, Law & Society CSEP60253 15 Mandatory

Academic entry qualification overview

Postgraduate Certificate applicants must hold a minimum Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours degree. In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted.

English language

  • IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
  • Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

PGCert (part-time distance learning)
UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167 per annum
International students (per annum): £6,334 per annum


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in medical, and legal fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.