This course aims to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to practise as an expert witness. A strong practical element of this course will seek to develop your report writing and courtroom skills.
If academic research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine.
What will I learn?
Our course is currently unique and has been specifically designed by doctors and lawyers to help educate and develop the expert witness to Master’s level.
How will I be taught?
The course is delivered using online and residential teaching to suit part-time study by senior professionals.
Teaching includes the use of online resources, lectures, case studies, seminars and workshops (including workshops on report writing and courtroom experience sessions), discussion groups, and supervision.
Our modules run in three-day blocks and are therefore suitable for working doctors and healthcare professionals. The course can be taken to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate or Master’s degree, and the Master’s involves a dissertation. Our aim is to encourage Master’s students towards publication if suitable.
Total contact hours for the whole course are 360 out of a total study time of 1,800 hours.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is entirely through coursework, and involves writing essays and critically analysing and evaluating medicolegal practice, reports, case studies and law. You will be expected to reflect on roleplay activities and, for the dissertation, conduct research or perform a systematic review of the literature.