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Medicolegal Practice


Course Description

Why Study Medicolegal Practice with us?

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.

Visit the Medicolegal Practice page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a first degree (minimum 2:1 honours) in Medicine or closely related subject. Alternatively, you may hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.Applications are invited from: - trainee doctors and consultants - senior NHS staff - international students with appropriate qualifications - international doctors or healthcare professionals - those with related undergraduate degrees or equivalent professional qualifi cations or experience in medicolegal practice - a qualification at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent, if English is not their first language. You will only be accepted onto the course following interview.

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