Graduate Diploma in Health Law

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.


A flexible, specialist postgraduate qualification in health law, this degree provides wide-ranging interdisciplinary coverage of contemporary legal and social issues in health care. It provides a unique opportunity for dialogue between these professions on current legal and ethical issues in health.

Course outline

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Health Law complete 24 credit points, which is equivalent to 4 units of study. There are two compulsory units of study, Health Care & Professional Liability and Information Rights in Health Care. Students without a law degree must also complete the unit, Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System or Introduction to Law for Health Professionals. The remaining units of study are selected from a wide range of relevant electives.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Health Law (GradDipHL) is designed lawyers or non-lawyers who wish to upgrade their qualification(s) for the purposes of career advancement or professional and academic interest.


Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Health Law requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney; or an equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Law School. As many units of study are taught intensively, admission and enrolment in individual units may be possible year round. Please contact the Law School Postgraduate Team for more information

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.