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Developments in medical research coupled with advances in technologies mean the boundaries of medicine are constantly changing. Read more
Developments in medical research coupled with advances in technologies mean the boundaries of medicine are constantly changing. This innovative practice-based distance learning course has been designed to meet the distinct needs of healthcare professionals, legal practitioners and other professionals who are required to provide advice on medico-legal issues.

Combining a practical approach with an in-depth study of Medical Law you will develop legal knowledge, legal application and critical analysis skills as well as the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice.

The linked structure of the course gives you maximum flexibility in your studies. The PG Cert is the first stage award; you can either exit at this stage or progress to the PG Dip and LLM.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Learn From The Best

When you choose Northumbria’s Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Law you will learn from inspirational academics that have a real passion for their subject.

You will develop your intellectual skills through modules that have has been designed with input from the sector and shaped by internationally excellent research to ensure the content is up-to-date and relevant. Lecturers have research expertise and practice-based experience in the areas of clinical negligence and consent, confidentiality, mental health, expert evidence, and employment.

The course is delivered by Northumbria Law School, three times winners of the prestigious “Best Law School” accolade, awarded by the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards.

Teaching And Assessment

In response to specific requests from healthcare professionals, the core modules of Clinical Negligence, Treatment: Consent and Patients’ Rights and Legal Research are designed to develop your skills and align your knowledge of medical law to current practice in the sector. Optional modules give you the opportunity to focus in on areas of the law that are most relevant to your career aspirations. All modules are taught from a practical viewpoint, enabling you to understand and apply the relevant law.

As a distance learning course, we focus heavily on reflective practice, placing you at the centre of the learning process. Assessment, both formative and summative, forms an integral part of the learning experience. Formative assessment includes self-test questions, group discussion, informal peer assessment and non-assessed exercises. The main summative assessment method is individual assignment to encourage a deep learning and a critical approach to learning.

Module Outline
LW7003 - Legal Research (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7021 - Clinical Negligence (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7022 - Treatment: Consent and Patients' Rights (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (‘TEL’) is an integral part of this innovative distance learning course. The eLearning portal provides access to detailed learning materials including lecture materials, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms, self-evaluative tasks and opportunities to engage with your tutor and fellow students.

We offer optional study days in the Law School to help distance learning students get the best out of the course. Panopto software will be used to record teaching activity taking place on study days and the footage will be made available online.

Research-Rich Learning

Research is embedded throughout the course, and you will encounter all quadrants of research rich learning: research-tutored, research-led, research-based, and research-orientated. Starting with Legal Research, you will be exposed to a variety of research-informed experiences within subject modules.

Law School research focuses on the areas of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These internationally recognised groups act as a focus for research activity across the Law School, and their work feeds into taught courses to ensure the course content is informed by research developments in the sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

As well as enhancing your understanding of medical law, the Postgraduate Certificate enables you to apply the skills, knowledge, understanding and research from this course to common problems you are likely to experience in a working environment. Combining research-informed learning with a practical focus on medical law, you will develop skills in commercial awareness; clear and concise writing; informed decision-making; using feedback to improve performance; and resilience in combining distance learning study with job commitments.

You also have access to specialist careers support within the Law School, including employer engagement sessions.

Your Future

The course is relevant to a range of professions and whether lawyer, medic or manager, the Postgraduate Certificate will equip you with expert knowledge and theory in your chosen field along with critical, analytical, research and wider transferable skills. You will be able to recognise uncertainty in the law, to produce and present reasoned arguments, to offer creative solutions to complex legal and ethical issues, and ultimately, to take the next step in your chosen field.

The nature of the course means that, on completion, the majority of graduates progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Law.

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The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts. They will also develop the ethical and medico-legal knowledge and research skills required for writing a Masters-level dissertation, and will be well prepared for further research if they so desire.

You study a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit core course units. In addition, students who wish to complete the MA must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits); no dissertation is required for the PGDip or PGCert. Part-time students undertake a supervised dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those who do not successfully complete the MA you may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Those who do not successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.
The awards of the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded unclassified.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both medical, legal and ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of healthcare professionals.

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The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will study a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide one to one support by telephone, skype, e-mail and face to face meetings. You will have access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning via the library website. An optional study day is held each year giving students an opportunity to meet tutors and colleagues face to face on campus. Students studying by distance learning are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that take place on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

At the end of each of the course units for our distance learning courses, you are required to submit an essay of 4,000 words (for course units to the value of 15 credits) or 7,000 words (for course units to the value of 30 credits). In addition, MA students must submit a supervised 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits). As a part-time student, you will undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that you can also extend your registration for extra 3 months to submit a dissertation in December of your second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those students who do not achieve success in the MA may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. The award of the MA is classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.

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In recent years, the law relating to medicine and healthcare has become increasingly complex and patients are becoming more aware of their legal rights. Read more
In recent years, the law relating to medicine and healthcare has become increasingly complex and patients are becoming more aware of their legal rights. This has significant consequences for medical practices and questions of legal liability and compensation. Changes in the structure of the NHS are also giving rise to a number of important legal problems.

Our LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice was established in 1987 and aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to, and the issues surrounding, the practice and administration of healthcare, as further changes make a deeper understanding of the field ever more significant.

This part-time, distance-learning course provides the opportunity to study topics in-depth and conduct research in areas of medical law of particular interest to you. The programme:

• Covers a wide spectrum of healthcare law topics.
• Stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought.
• Enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

Distinctive features

This course attracts a diverse student body from members of the medical and legal professions and is suitable for graduates in law, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacology and associated healthcare and health management professionals.

CME points will be awarded to doctors where appropriate.

Structure

The programme is taught through lectures and seminars on residential weekends over a period of two years.

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises four, compulsory 30-credit modules; Stage Two comprises the dissertation.

Stage One will run over two years and you will take two modules in each year; each module will be studied over two residential weekends and you will be assessed after the second residential weekend. You will progress to the dissertation upon successful completion of Stage One.

Core modules:

Introduction to Medical Law and the Law of Healthcare Management
Consent to Treatment
Clinical Negligence
Key Legal Aspects of Psychiatry and Reproductive Medicine and the Family
Dissertation (Part Time)

Teaching

Studying at postgraduate level is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at all classes is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.

Your modules will be delivered through seminars and lectures during residential weekends, individual and joint written oral presentations and distance learning.

Assessment

We make use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Your marks in summative assessments count towards your final award. Each LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice module is summatively assessed by one 5000 word essay. The Dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.

Career Prospects

LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice graduates have gone on to become barristers, solicitors, coroners, police surgeons, general practitioners, consultants, dentists, NHS managers, pharmacists, nurse-tutors, doctors and dentists employed by the Department of Health and the Defence Organisations.

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The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond. Read more
The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond.

We aim to be as supportive of your pastoral care as we are of your academic progression, and alongside the teaching, the course provides excellent opportunities to help secure a pupillage.

Key benefits

To increase your chances of obtaining pupillage and improve your employability generally, you will also have the chance to:

• participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic;
• hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mootingcompetitions;
• appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in our Chambers sponsored family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions;
• teach legal skills to LLB undergraduates.

Course detail

The BPTC takes you from the initial stages in civil and criminal proceedings through to trial. You will firstly master the compulsory subjects within the criminal and civil areas, before moving on to two specialist options of your choice.

The quality of teaching on the BPTC is nationally and internationally renowned, with tuition provided by a dedicated team of barristers, solicitors and judges and an unrivalled range of facilities to enhance your study experience. Our high student satisfaction rates are testament to the high quality of tuition on the course; and 85% of students would recommend our BPTC to other (BPTC, Bristol UWE, Full time student evaluation survey December 2014).

Modules

Compulsory:

• Civil Advocacy
• Civil Litigation, Remedies and Evidence
• Conferencing Skills
• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
• Opinion Writing
• Drafting
• Professional Conduct
• Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
• Criminal Advocacy

Optional:

• Clinical Negligence
• Criminal Law
• Commercial Law
• Employment Law
• Family
• International Trade
• Landlord and Tenant
• Refugee and Asylum Law

Format

Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from legal practice, as well as the academic side of law, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly. Most of the course is taught through small group sessions, meaning you will benefit from substantial face-to-face contact with your tutors.

Certain subjects are also supported with online resources (for example, recorded lectures, MCQ tests and recorded demonstrations) to enable you to supplement your work and knowledge remotely at a time to suit you.

Assessment

Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Conduct assessments are all set centrally by the Bar Standards Board and examined using multiple choice and short answer questions. Opinion Writing and Drafting are set locally as unseen assessments in controlled conditions. All other assessments are also set locally and are either completely seen or partially seen, in that you will receive information in advance to research the relevant areas of law.

Mock assessments with feedback will also be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and deal effectively with all forms of assessment.

Careers / Further study

The BPTC prepares you for a successful career as a barrister and is designed to give you the necessary skills, knowledge and network to secure a pupillage.

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure work as barristers, while others are working as legal associates, managers and legal advisers.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. The part-time course provides exactly the same level of training as the full-time BPTC, but runs over two years, with most teaching taking place at the weekend. Read more
The UWE Bristol Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) provides the foundation of your career as a barrister. The part-time course provides exactly the same level of training as the full-time BPTC, but runs over two years, with most teaching taking place at the weekend.

Rigorous and demanding, yet stimulating and rewarding, the course will equip you with the advocacy, research, conference and mediation skills you need to excel at the Bar and beyond. At the same time, you will have access to excellent opportunities to enhance your CV and help secure a pupillage.

Key benefits

To increase your chances of obtaining pupillage and improve your employability generally, you will also have the chance to:

• participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic
• hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mootingcompetitions
• appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in our Chambers sponsored family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions.

Course detail

The BPTC takes you from the initial stages in civil and criminal proceedings through to trial. You will firstly master the subjects within the criminal and civil areas, before moving on to two specialist options of your choice in the second year of the course.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

• Civil Advocacy
• Civil Litigation, Remedies and Evidence
• Conferencing Skills
• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
• Opinion Writing
• Drafting
• Professional Conduct
• Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
• Criminal Advocacy

Option modules:

• Clinical Negligence
• Criminal Law
• Commercial Law
• Competition Law
• Employment Law
• Family
• International Trade
• Landlord and Tenant
• Refugee and Asylum Law

Format

Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from the academic side of law, as well as legal practice, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly. Most of the course is taught in small groups in dedicated study rooms, meaning you will benefit from substantial face-to-face contact.

Certain subjects are also supported with online resources (for example, recorded lectures, MCQ tests and recorded demonstrations) to enable you to supplement your work and knowledge remotely at a time to suit you.

Monthly skills sessions with written and verbal feedback allow you to continually develop your skills.

Assessment

Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Conduct assessments are all set centrally by the Bar Standards Board and examined using multiple choice and short answer questions. Opinion Writing and Drafting are set locally as unseen assessments in controlled conditions. All other assessments are also set locally and are either completely seen or partially seen, in that you will receive information in advance to research the relevant areas of law.

Mock assessments with feedback will also be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and deal effectively with all forms of assessment.

Careers / Further study

The BPTC prepares you for a successful career as a barrister and is designed to give you the necessary skills, knowledge and network to secure a pupillage.

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure work as barristers, while others are working as legal associates, managers and legal advisers.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need. Read more
Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need.

There are different options to complete your LLM in Advanced Legal Practice, which allow you to focus on your continuing professional development as a reflective practitioner, with responsibility for your own development and learning. This reflects the SRA's new Continuing Professional Development regime.

Key benefits

Our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice equips you with an LLM qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor. Our LPC is the longest established in Bristol, with strong links with the legal community and training contract opportunities.

Course detail

You will study in our modern, dedicated LPC teaching and common rooms, an ideal learning environment not just for your scheduled workshops but for private study as well. You will also have access to:

• three mock courtrooms where you can develop your advocacy skills
• dedicated study rooms for independent or group work
• an online interactive learning environment for practising case working skills, using technology that feels exactly like that of a modern professional law office.

Modules

Core modules:

• Business Law and Practice
• Civil and Criminal Litigation
• Property Law and Practice
• Interviewing and Advising
• Practical Legal Research
• Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
• Solicitor's Accounts
• Professional Conduct and Regulation
• Wills and Administration of Estates
• Taxation

Optional modules:

• Acquisitions
• Commercial Law
• Employment Law
• Family Law and Practice
• Private Client (Estate Planning)
• Public Company Finance
• Intellectual Property and Competition Law
• Advanced Criminal Litigation
• Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Commercial Property
• Media and Entertainment Law
• Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
• Public Childcare and Housing Law Practice

Format

Tuition is provided by a small, dedicated team of solicitors, who ensure the course is relevant, up to date and, above all, prepares you fully for practice. You will gain critical awareness of how legal practice works, and develop the foundations of the legal skills you will need to excel in your role as a solicitor.

Careers / Further study

The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice prepares you for a successful career as a solicitor. Many of our graduates have gone on to practice in the City, or in commercial firms, small high-street legal practices or niche areas of law. UWE Bristol alumni can be found in almost every local firm.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
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The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors. Read more
The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors. Join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with the experts.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
•Long established employer network offers extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including Solicitor Mentor Scheme
•Course emphasises the development of essential lawyers’ skills
•High levels of student support
•Pre-requisite to qualification as a solicitor allowing you to pursue a training contract with the legal profession


The Legal Practice Certificate programme produces highly skilled, commercially aware and effective Trainee Solicitors, who are prepared for the rigours and demands of a Training Contract.

We are fully committed to the provision of professional legal education and believe that our experience in this area allows us to understand the particular demands this course places on you. We also believe that we have effective systems in place to provide good support mechanisms.

Considerable emphasis is placed on practice and you will acquire a range of essential lawyers’ skills by carrying out realistic transaction-based tasks. Part of the programme will also involve taking part in role-plays, simulations, case studies and electronically recorded exercises and assessments.

The course does not follow the standard University calendar and runs from the beginning of September until June with only two weeks holiday at Christmas and two weeks at Easter/Spring Holiday.

The part-time course is offered in day release or evening modes. You will attend all day Tuesday in year 1 and all day Wednesday in year 2, or Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in both years.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Business Law and Practice (including taxation and business accounts)

Develops a sound understanding of Business Law and Practice, in terms of primary source materials, constitutional documents and other relevant agreements

Litigation (criminal & civil)

Equips you for work in a solicitors' practice in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, and identifies the critical steps in the process of litigation

Property Law and Practice

Prepares you for practice in property law in the context of domestic and commercial transactions and freehold and leasehold property

Combined Legal Skills and Probate

Provides opportunities for you to develop a thorough and critical understanding of the skills that underpin the practice of law at a professional level. This will be in a variety of legal contexts, including Wills and Administration of Estates (Probate)

Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR)

Enables you to to identify and act in accordance with the core duties of professional conduct, professional ethics and the Solicitors' Accounts Rules

The following option modules are typically offered:

Advanced Criminal Litigation Law

Develops and enhances your existing knowledge of procedure and practice obtained during the Criminal Litigation course completed in Stage 1

Advanced Personal Injury Law

Provides the relevant knowledge, skills and procedure to deal with the main areas of personal injury practice including clinical negligence, disease, and fatal accident

Commercial Property Law

Prepares you for practice in understanding a commercial property transaction from site acquisition to letting and tenant default, by examining in detail the sequential series of steps in a commercial property transaction – excluding legal acquisition

Employment Law

Provides you with substantive knowledge and practical application in the foundation and operation of contracts of employment, employment protection rights, discrimination issues and commercial realities from both an employee's and employer's perspective


Family Law
Prepares you for practice in family work to enable you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills relevant to this area

General Commercial Law

Develops a sound understanding of General Commercial Law and Practice, in the context of Mergers and Acquisitions, using primary source materials, sale and purchase-related documents and other relevant agreements/documents

Housing Law

Covers the rights, responsibilities and remedies of residential tenants and their landlords, duties of local authorities and claims for possession against residential borrowers by secured lenders

Private Client Law

Introduces you to a range of matters you may encounter within a Private Client department, including: developing skills of fact analysis; identification of legal issues and client goals; research; problem solving and advising; presentational skills; planning and drafting of wills


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

You will study a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Aims

This course will allow you develop an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will also develop the ethical and medico-legal knowledge and research skills required for writing a master's level dissertation, and will be well prepared for further research if you so desire.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit core course units. In addition, students who wish to complete the LLM must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits); no dissertation is required for the PGDip or PGCert. Part-time students undertake a supervised dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those who do not successfully complete the MA you may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Those who do not successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.

The awards of the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded unclassified.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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This full-time programme offers students the opportunity to work towards an LLM qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training over two years. Read more
This full-time programme offers students the opportunity to work towards an LLM qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training over two years.

The aim of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and skills students will attain from the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) by simultaneously developing their knowledge and understanding of a specific area of law through their study under an LLM programme. The LLM programme requires students to undertake a project of 15,000 – 17,000 words in a subject linked to an area of study under the BPTC, thus enhancing their Bar qualification, knowledge, research skills and employability.

The programme offers a different pathway to students who would like to attain an award under the Bar Professional Training Course but would, at the same time, like to enhance their legal research skills through the completion of a project.

This course is in the process of being updated - please view the website for the latest updates: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/master-of-laws-bar-practice-ft-dtfbap6/

Programme Content

During the programme student develop a range of essential skills, which include:
-Advocacy
-Drafting
-Opinion Writing
-Conference Skills
-Resolution of Disputes Out of Court

Evidence, criminal litigation and civil litigation are also taught as discrete subjects, as well as being integrated with the main skill areas.

All students choose two specialist options. Current options include:
-Civil Practice
-Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
-Chancery Practice
-Commercial Practice
-Criminal Practice
-Employment Practice
-Family Practice
-Landlord and Tenant
-Student Law Office – students will work in Northumbria’s Student Law Office, which is the largest student law clinic in the country, working on real legal problems for members of the public, subject to maximum numbers.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. Students will complete a legal research and study skills module designed to enable them to improve their writing and research skills in preparation for a project of 15,000 – 17,000 words. The project title is chosen by the student in an area related to their BPTC studies.

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Are you looking to take your knowledge of law to the next level? This broad-based PG Cert course allows you to pick and choose modules that fit your personal needs for professional development, and enhance your potential for promotion within your workplace. Read more
Are you looking to take your knowledge of law to the next level? This broad-based PG Cert course allows you to pick and choose modules that fit your personal needs for professional development, and enhance your potential for promotion within your workplace.

The course is the first of three stages of the LLM Law. On completion, you’ll be ready to apply for the postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) and then, once you have the diploma, for the LLM.

For the PG Cert you’ll study a core module about legal research and then choose two further modules. These can focus on employment law, commercial law, international trade law, medical law, contract law or information rights. You can combine modules to create a bespoke pathway through the course.

The distance learning mode offers a high level of flexibility, allowing you to undertake postgraduate study while also pursuing a career. Supported by the latest technology, you’ll enjoy being part of a collaborative learning community as you continue your professional development.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occassions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module runnning order may change.

Learn From The Best

Northumbria has built up an enviable reputation for practical, innovative LLM courses. The combination of teaching excellence and practical relevance ensures that standards remain consistently high. We’re committed to postgraduate studies that will enhance your professional career.

The majority of our tutors are qualified solicitors or barristers, with considerable experience of legal practice. We have expertise in a range of areas, including an international reputation in the fields of evidence and criminal justice studies.

The quality of our teaching has been recognised through a variety of awards and nominations. These include Law Teacher of the Year Award, the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award, and Northern Law Awards.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. Each module includes an optional study day at the University. If you’re unable to attend, you can still watch the recording that will be made available through the eLearning Portal.

We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students. Further support on academic matters is provided by a Personal Tutor who is available to you throughout the course.

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course.

Module Outline
LW7002 - Data Protection (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7003 - Legal Research (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7008 - Terminating the Employment Relationship (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7009 - The Employment Relationship (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7016 - Foundations of information Rights (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7021 - Clinical Negligence (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7022 - Treatment: Consent and Patients' Rights (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7028 - Compulsory Civil Admission and Community Provisions (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7030 - Hospitals and Consent to Treatment (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7036 - Carriage of Goods (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7037 - Commercial Contracts (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7038 - Company Law and Insolvency (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7042 - Law of International Trade (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7044 - World Trade Organisation Law (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7051 - International Sale Contracts (Optional, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Our specialist Law Practice Library contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

Research-Rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. As a postgraduate student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level.

Our academics are at the cutting edge of current legal issues, which will enhance your learning experience. They’ll discuss their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, and make use of opportunities to involve you in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Our research interests include employment law, information rights, international human rights, gender and sexuality, law and development, and sport law. Northumbria University is particularly known for our work in criminal justice.

Give Your Career An Edge

By continuing your professional development, this PG Cert will give you an edge in your career. You can extend this edge by progressing to the PG Dip stage, for which you can apply on completion of this course.

The distance learning mode means that you can learn as you earn and make a direct connection between your studies and your day-to-day work. The topics in the modules are designed to be immediately relevant to issues that you’re likely to face in the workplace.

When it comes to applying for promotions and considering your career plan, our Careers and Employment Service can help. The Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

At the end of the course the logical next step is to enrol on the PG Dip Law followed by the LLM Law. This will ensure you complete the master’s qualification.

Our students work in many different sectors. Although by no means all of them have undergraduate law degrees, they now have professional roles that involve aspects of law. Their qualifications (PG Cert / PG Dip / LLM) help them stand out from others within today’s competitive jobs market.

As you progress towards your LLM, you’ll increasingly build up the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception. Read more

Our Bar Professional Training Course

At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception.

Our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring, a bespoke level of careers support and a wealth of pro bono projects giving you invaluable experience.

Why choose our BPTC?

We’re the only BPTC provider that requires all students undergo a selection process http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/#our-unique-selection-process-and-advocacy-committee before being offered a place on our course. This means you’ll study in small classes alongside carefully selected students

We offer four times the advocacy required by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), all taught by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training

Benefit from our unique Advocacy Committee http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/#our-unique-selection-process-and-advocacy-committee: enter prestigious international and national competitions and test your advocacy skills in front of real barristers and judges

Succeed in pupillage applications and beyond and be supported from the moment you accept - with support from our award-winning Careers and Employability Service http://www.law.ac.uk/employability-service/

Gain a real insight into the profession and make a wealth of valuable connections at our networking practitioner events

Benefit from our scholarships and prizes http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-scholarships/. We have one of the most comprehensive scholarship schemes in legal education and reward academic success with a series of prizes at the end of your BPTC year

Flexible study options – you can choose to study your BPTC full-time or part-time in Birmingham or London Bloomsbury, or full-time in Leeds

Follow this link to discover more about how you'll benefit from our Selection Process and Advocacy Committee - http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/

Course Content

With its unique combination of face-to-face teaching and online training, the BPTC structure has been designed to reflect the litigation process that practising barristers encounter every day.

Knowledge areas

•Civil litigation, evidence and remedies
•Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
•Professional ethics

Core skills

•Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
•Conferencing
•Drafting
•Opinion writing
•Resolution of disputes out of court

Study options

In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:

•Advanced criminal litigation
•Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
•Chancery
•International commercial practice
•Employment tribunal practice
•Family practice
•Immigration practice and asylum
•Judicial review
•Personal injury and clinical negligence

Mock trials

We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:

•Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
•Advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
•Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts

Employability

At The University of Law, we recognise that your ultimate goal is to obtain pupillage, progress onto tenancy and hone all the skills and experience you need to develop your practice. That’s why we ensure that every step of the way, you have dedicated careers support and a wealth of opportunities to progress.

A personal careers service

The University of Law has the UK’s largest law careers and employability service, with more than 30 experts providing support as soon as you accept your place. Through one-on-one careers appointments, live and virtual workshops, the careers team advise on:

•CVs and cover letters
•Mini-pupillage applications
•Which sets to apply to based on your interests and profile
•Pupillage applications: drafting and review
•Interview preparation, including spotting and debating current affairs and relevant legal topics
•Mock interviews
•Deciding between pupillage offers
•Post-BPTC employment, scholarships and further study

Events

As well as bespoke advice and assistance, our careers team are able to organise a wide-range of events and presentations thanks to our excellent links with chambers across the country.

Typical events include:

•Inviting the barristers on pupillage committees to discuss and answer questions about the pupillage application process
•Specialist panels and external speakers discussing the nuances of specific practice areas e.g. Commercial & Chancery and Family
•Presentations by external speakers including specialist practitioners and representatives from the Inns of Court
•Discussion on the non-legal aspects of being a barrister including talks from a chambers’ marketing manager and a tax consultant
•A small number of evenings hosted by specific chambers, reserved for students only

Pro bono opportunities

The University runs a varied pro bono programme at all of our centres, which allow our students to gain experience in dealing with real cases while helping the local community. You’ll get valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting, whilst helping those who may not otherwise have access to legal support and advice.
Current projects include: Legal Advice Centre, Own-It (Intellectual Property), Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, Family Law Advice Clinic, Social Welfare Legal Advice, Environmental Law Foundation and Streetlaw.

How to Apply

Applications for our full-time and part-time BPTC are now open.

Please follow this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply-for-a-postgraduate-course/#apply-for-the-bptc

Locations

This course is available at the following University of Law locations: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate. http://www.law.ac.uk/locations/

Further Information

For further information on eligibility, stucture and assessment, course fees and the application process, please follow this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will cover a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law with an interdisciplinary approach
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The LL.M in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The LL.M in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will study a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Aims

The LL.M in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law with an interdisciplinary approach;
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts
-Develop ethical and medico legal knowledge and research skills for the writing of a Masters-level dissertation

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's extensive on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide one to one support by face to face meeting, telephone, skype and e-mail. In addition to this you will have access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning via the library website.

An optional study day is held each year giving students an opportunity to meet with tutors and colleagues on campus. Students studying by distance learning are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that take place on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

In addition, LL.M students must submit a supervised 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits). As a part-time student, you will undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that you can also extend your registration for extra 3 months to submit a dissertation in December of your second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those students who do not achieve success in the LL.M may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. The award of the LL.M is classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will cover a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.

Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law with an interdisciplinary approach
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's extensive on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide additional support by face to face, telephone, skype and e-mail. In addition you will have access to a range of on-line resources to support your learning via the library website. An optional study day is held each year providing students with the opportunity to meet with tutors and fellow students on campus. Distance learning students are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that are help on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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