Professional Certificate in Space Law

Get unique legal insight into off-Earth enterprise

Human activity in space—commercial, strategic and exploratory—is on the cusp of exponential growth. Consequently, complex related legal issues are emerging and being addressed at an incredible rate.

Our new Professional Certificate in Space Law—Australia’s first dedicated postgraduate program in the field—provides priceless, up-to-the-minute legal insight for anyone conducting, planning or advising on enterprise in ‘the final frontier.’

What will you do?

Completed over six months part-time, or on a more flexible schedule, the program has been co-developed by the Adelaide Law School’s world-renowned space law researchers. Among them are the joint lead authors of The Woomera Manual, the world’s first definitive text on international law as it applies to military conflict in space.

The program will give you the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of domestic and international law as it applies to:

  • commercial activity in space, including an overview of the UN Space Treaties, and issues such as technology transfer, contracts, insurance and liability
  • security operations in space, including laws relating to situational awareness, space launches, intelligence gathering and defence.

You’ll also have the chance to pursue applied research in an area of space law of particular interest to you.

Where could it take you?

You will emerge with the capability and confidence to guide and advise on a wide range of off-Earth activity, in the professional setting of your choosing—from government departments, research centres and the military, to legal practices, consultancies and non-government organisations.

  • Ranked Top Law School in South Austalia^
  • Strong links with industry partners
  • Flexible delivery of program

^QS World Ranking, 2020

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

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SATAC Code 3PC012
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $9,000

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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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Potential careers

Legal Officer / Legal aid, Consultant, Research Associates, Research and Education

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Professional Certificate in Space you must select and complete satisfactorily two of the following courses:


The GDLP will help you achieve success in legal practice and outside of it.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 6 Dec 2022