Professional Certificate in Nuclear Law New

Fast-track your expertise in nuclear law

Nuclear science promises a more sustainable future, ground-breaking medical treatments, and insights into the very fabric of the universe. Yet, it also comes with significant risks. That’s why we need passionate professionals with strong expertise in nuclear law—to regulate its use and ensure the safety of our planet and its people.
Introducing: Australia’s first university program in nuclear law.

What will you do? 
Our Professional Certificate in Nuclear Law comprises a one-week intensive course conducted face-to-face in Adelaide and an additional 12-week research project (which may be completed remotely). You will: 

  • review global and national nuclear energy regulations
  • analyse nuclear safety, safeguards, and security laws
  • study AUKUS arrangements, nuclear trade, nuclear energy and human health, environmental impacts, nuclear accidents and liability, and nuclear waste management
  • connect with representatives from Australian and international nuclear regulators
  • complete a self-directed research project in nuclear law. 

Where could it take you? 
You might serve as a consultant for leading nuclear corporations or shape international treaties. As a regulatory counsel, you could navigate intricate legal mazes. Perhaps you’ll ensure environmental compliance or offer your expertise to prominent NGOs. You could also use your study credits as a stepping stone to higher degrees, like our prestigious Master of Laws.

  • Ranked 87 globally for Law^
  • Have partnerships with leading overseas universities
  • Program delivered via intensive mode of study

^ Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject, 2022

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3PC014
Deferment Yes - 2 year

February and June

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

Applicants must hold: 

- a completed Bachelor degree, OR
- a completed Diploma (from either a University or TAFE), OR
- a recognised industry-based qualification, OR
- at least 2 years’ professional experience holding a responsible position in a field of practice or discipline.

A comprehensive CV should be uploaded as part of the SATAC application for those applicants without a completed qualification (Bachelor, Diploma or industry based). 

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $9,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Graduates are well equipped to pursue advanced and rewarding career options in law, policy, government, business, and many other professional fields.

Note: this degree does not provide admission to practise law. Those seeking admission to practise should refer to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and the Bachelor of Laws programs in Degree Finder.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister;  NGO Policy Officer;  Non Government Organisation Worker;  Policy Adviser;  Policy Developer;  Public Servant;  Diplomat;  Diplomatic corps;  Strategic Analyst;  Foreign Affairs ...

Degree Structure

The Professional Certificate in Nuclear Law examines both international legal and domestic legal regulation relating to nuclear energy, with particular focus upon the law relating to nuclear safety, safeguards and security. Students will examine topics including the AUKUS arrangements, nuclear energy and human health, impacts upon the environment, nuclear trade, nuclear accidents and liability, and nuclear waste management. In addition, the program will appeal to those wishing to further develop their scholarly skills in legal research and writing.  

The Professional Certificate in Nuclear Law is a non-AQF qualification with a standard full-time duration of 0.25 years.

Academic Program Rules

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

To qualify for the degree of Professional Certificate in Nuclear Law, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 6 units, comprising:

Core courses to the value of 6 units

  • LAW 7194 Law Research Project
  • LAW 7198 Nuclear Regulatory Law

Example Study Plan

Core Courses 


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Last updated: Thursday, 11 Apr 2024