Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC081

Help communities find their way forward

Insolvency law deals with financially distressed individuals and companies. It’s about navigating complex legal and financial situations to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.

This program is designed for tertiary graduates (degree or diploma). If you’re a mature, non-degree applicant, you’ll be assessed for admission on the basis of your recognised expertise and experience.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law is flexible and future-oriented. You will:

  • combine online and face-to-face study according to your needs
  • gain an in-depth understanding of insolvency procedures for both individuals and corporations
  • explore relevant theories, policies, regulations and history
  • pursue electives aligned to your interests and career goals.

Where could it take you?

You might become a closing administrator or work in a restructuring department at a law firm. You could negotiate across borders with foreign insolvency practitioners. Perhaps you’ll establish yourself as a legal advisor or focus on investigating what went wrong to begin with.

Note: This program is not available to international applicants who require a student visa. However, international applications are accepted if applicants hold a valid Australian visa permitting study.


  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3GC081
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC081

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.

    *This program is not available to international applicants who hold or require a student visa. International applications will however be accepted from applicants who hold a valid Australian visa permitting study.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $15,500 for 12 units

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Tuition fees International student place: $21,250 for 12 units


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Professional Accreditation

    The degree allows students to demonstrate postgraduate tertiary level study in the field of insolvency law, in order to be licensed as insolvency practitioners by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA), as required by the Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 (Cth).

    Potential careers

    Jury Consultant, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Legal Officer / Legal aid

  • Degree Structure

    This program is generally taught over two semesters in intensive blended mode, and includes a mix of face-to-face intensives and online learning. The course is offered in both the first, winter and second semesters which run from February to June and July to November, respectively.

    The 'Introduction to Australian Law' course introduces the concepts, frameworks and legislation of Australian law, while the 'Insolvency Law' course provides a greater depth of understanding of the legislative framework supporting insolvency practice.

    The most benefit and best understanding of the program content is gained by students who complete within one year.

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

    • core courses to the value of 6 units
    • elective courses to the value of 6 units.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative Study Plan
    Core Courses To satisfy the requirements for Core courses, students must complete courses to the total value of six units.

    All of the following courses must be completed:

    LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law (3 units)
    LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (3 units)
    Electives To satisfy the requirements for Elective courses, students must complete courses to the total value of six units from the following:

    LAW 7176: International Insolvency Law (3 units)
    LAW 7055: Comparative Corporate Rescue Law (PG) (3 units)
    LAW 7057: Corporate Governance (PG) (3 units)
    LAW 7153: Personal Property Security Law (3 units)
    LAW 7158: Corporate Law: Selected Issues (3 units)
    LAW 7025: Dissertation (PG) (6 units)
  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 19 May 2020