Course overview


  • Pursue an interest in the application of medico-legal theories in a flexible and interdisciplinary course.
  • Apply legal theory to real world scenarios in the healthcare and legal sectors.

    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 12017

    How long it takes:

    9 months (full-time); 18 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.

    The optional 15 credits course units on offer each year may vary due to staff availability.

    If you are studying the campus-based certificate, you will complete the 30 credit core unit in Medico-Legal Problems in semester one and either one 15 credit option in both semesters, or two 15 credit options in semester two, on a full -time basis.

    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.


    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 CSEP60211 30 Mandatory
    Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60102 15 Optional
    Medicine, Law and Society CSEP60962 15 Optional
    Children, Medicine and the Law CSEP60972 15 Optional

    Academic entry qualification overview

    Postgraduate Certificate applicants must hold a minimum Lower Second Class 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 (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167
    International students (per annum): £6,334


    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 the medical, legal and ethical 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 healthcare professionals.