Are you looking to take your knowledge of mental health law to the next level? This PGCert course provides knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the practical issues faced by lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospital managers, nurses and all those involved in the application of mental health and mental capacity law.
The course is the first of three stages of the LLM Mental Health Law. On completion, you’ll be ready to apply for the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) and then, once you have the diploma, for the LLM.
For the PGCert you’ll study three modules that have been developed in consultation with mental health professionals. Topics include compulsory admissions, community provisions, and consent to treatment as well as legal research and study skills at postgraduate level.
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. Do note however that this course is not eligible for the postgraduate government loan for Masters study.
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.
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.
By continuing your professional development, this PGCert will give you an edge in your career. You can extend this edge by progressing to the PGDip 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.
At the end of the course the logical next step is to enrol on the PGDip Mental Health Law followed by the LLM Mental Health Law. This will ensure you complete the master’s qualification.
Many of our students are already working as health and social care professionals, legal practitioners and other professionals who are required to provide advice on the application of mental health and mental capacity law. Their qualifications (PGCert / PGDip / 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.