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)
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 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.
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.