Postgraduate Diploma inMedical Law & Ethics(PGDMLE)


A one-of-a-kind hybrid education postgraduate diploma in Medical Law and Ethics, offered continuously since 1999. Alumni from this programme include the country’s leading healthcare professionals and leaders, including doctors, hospital administrators, lawyers and researchers.

Programme Highlights:

  • Introduces learners to the linkages between the fields of law and health in order to assist them in taking informed, legally sound decisions and developing more ethical healthcare policies.
  • Contextualises the constitutional dimension to ‘right to health’, obligations of medical professionals and complex issues such as ‘consent’ and ‘confidentiality’.
  • Relevant for doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital administrators and other health workers looking to broaden their horizons of practice and knowledge.
  • This unique programme can also be of interest to mental health professionals, professionals from pharmaceutical industries, research and diagnostics labs and health and fitness-focussed companies.
  • Highlights emerging issues in the field of medicine like COVID-19, clinical trials, surrogacy and euthanasia.
  • The programme is spread across one year and gives learners the flexibility to design their own learning pathway.


Course 1: Introduction to Law & Legal Systems

This paper introduces the student to legal thinking and reasoning, and to legal systems, with a particular focus on Indian law and the Indian legal system. Those students who are from a non-law background would find this course particularly helpful.

Course 2: Legal Foundation of Health in India

The paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Introduction to Health Law
Module II: Health, Law and Ethics
Module III: Health Law in the Indian Context
Module IV: Various Statutory Provisions Pertaining to Health
Module V: ‘Health’ in International Perspective
Module VI: Health Delivery System in India

Course 3: Medical Professional & Patient – The Legal Relationship

This paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: The Medical Profession in India
Module II: Establishment of Doctor Patient Relationship
Module III: Consent & Medical Treatment
Module IV: Confidentiality and Medical Practice
Module V: Miscellaneous

Course 4: Law & Medicine – Some Emerging Issues

This paper consists of the following modules:

Module I: Abortion & Reproduction
Module II: Assisted Conception
Module III: Mental Health
Module IV: Euthanasia Regime
Module V: Clinical Research & Drug Trials
Module VI: HIV/AIDS Some Challenges


Dr. Mrinal Satish

Dr. Mrinal Satish

Professor of Law

Nanditta Batra

Nanditta Batra

Visiting Assistant Professor

Shreya Shree

Shreya Shree

Assistant Professor of Law


For Indian Nationals

Regular Fees
Application Fee Rs. 2,000
Admission Fee Rs. 3,000
Course Fee Rs. 42,300
Examination Fee Rs. 3,200
Total fees Rs. 50,500


Other fees
Admission late fee Rs. 500
Continuation fee Rs. 3,500 per year
Extension fee Rs. 6,000 per year
Re-evaluation fees Rs. 900 per paper

For Foreign Nationals

Regular fees
Application Fee Rs. 2,000
Admission Fee Rs. 3,000
Course Fee Rs. 1,26,000
Examination Fee Rs. 3,200
Total fees Rs. 1,34,200



Please note the following information regarding eligibility and the mode of applying for this programme.


The minimum eligibility for applying for this programme is a graduate degree (in law or other fields) from a recognized university.

Students with a degree certificate or its equivalent from any UGC-recognized university, Association of Indian Universities, CA, CS, ICWA, Open University/distance learning can apply. There shall be no restriction as to age, nationality, gender or employment status.

Application Timeline

Applications can be filled out online at the URL:

The deadline for submission of applications to all our programmes is July 31, 2023.

For admission-related queries, please write to


These are some commonly asked questions about this programme. For general questions about the NLSIU Distance Progamme, please visit the General FAQs page.

How many years does a student have to complete a programme?

Students of the Diploma programmes can complete their programme in up to five years from the year of their enrolment.

Students are required to pay the prescribed fee at the time of admission. If a student has to continue the programme beyond one academic year because of non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the diploma, they will be permitted to continue for the subsequent two academic years by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year.

After a period of 3 years if the student is unable to clear the programme they may be given an extension of another 2 years by paying Rs. 6,000/- per year for the subsequent two years as extension fee,  provided they have cleared 2 out of the 4 courses in a Diploma programme. At the end of the fifth academic year, if the student is unable to complete the requirements for the award of the diploma, the admission stands automatically cancelled.

What if the candidate does not complete the course in 3 years?

If the candidate does not pass or complete the course, his enrollment ceases. He will have to register afresh by following the usual procedures prescribed for first admission. His performance at the earlier exams is not carried forward. He will have to redo the entire academic exercise prescribed, in the syllabus.

What is the scheme of Assessment?

Every course shall have a combination of formative and summative assessments. This will aid in regular learning and understanding concepts better. Please note the following details regarding the upcoming assessments: Assessment Details:


Sl. No Assessment Type Assessment Pattern Marks Allotment Mode
1. Formative I MCQs 20 Marks Online
2. Formative II MCQs 30 Marks Online
3. Summative Subjective 50 Marks In-person

What is Grading Mechanism?

To successfully complete a programme, a student must take all three assessments (Formative I + Formative II + Summative) and obtain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of three and above out of seven. An aggregate of your performance will count towards the final grade in each course.

Grade Grade Description Grade Point Percentage of Marks
O Meets the highest standards for the assignment or course 7 70% and above
A+ Meets very high standards for the assignment or course 6 65% to 69.99%
A Meets high standards for the assignment or course 5 60% to 64.99%
B+ Meets most of standards for the assignment or course 4 55% to 59.99%
B Meets basic standards for the assignment or course 3 50% to 54.99%
C+ While acceptable, falls short of meeting basic standards in several ways 2 45% to 49.99%
C Lowest passing grade 1 40% to 44.99%
F Failing, very poor performance 0 Below 40%

Admission Status



1 Year

Number of Courses


Course Fee (Indian Nationals)

Rs. 50,500

Course Fee (Foreign Nationals)