Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.
Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits), LLM (60 credits) - total 180 credits, all at level 7
The linked award structure of our distance learning LLM programmes gives students flexibility in their studies. Students enrol on and complete each stage of the programme,all of which are at Masters level, before choosing to move onto the next stage or choosing to exit with the relevant award. The stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.
Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate stage, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma stage, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM stage. Completion of all three stage leads to the award of LLM.
The LLM in Medical Law is a practice-based and innovative programme examining those issues of direct concern to both health care professionals and lawyers. The programme combines a practical approach with an in-depth study of Medical Law. Lawyers will be able to acquire detailed knowledge of topics central to health care claims. Doctors, nurses and health care managers will be able to develop their legal knowledge and skills in areas closely associated with their work and in relation to questions of liability. Whether lawyer, medic or manager, the options allow participants to pursue individual interests and professional needs. In addition, the foundation module acts as a transition for non-lawyers, providing essential legal expertise.
This programme is taught on a distance learning basis and takes 2.5 - 3 years to complete, depending on the route chosen and the availability of advanced standing. Each module is taught from a practical viewpoint, enabling students to both understand and apply the relevant law. Students are guided through each module by comprehensive study materials written by expert practitioners in each field.
“I chose to do the LLM to fill gaps in my knowledge. I was the Associate Director of Healthcare Governance in NHS Trust, then I applied for a post at the National Patient Safety Agency, part of the NHS special health authority. The degree has increased my knowledge and skills in such relevant areas – it helped me to get my new job.
Studying distance learning is very flexible and I can fit it around my career and family commitments. The materials are comprehensive enough to a give good grounding and you can use legal databases from home via IT. I use Blackboard to communicate with tutors and other students. There is good tutorial support and lecturers are geared to help distance learning students.”
The usual entry requirement for the Certificate stage is one of the following: a degree in law; a degree incorporating law elements or a joint honours degree incorporating law; a non-law degree with appropriate work experience; a comparable professional qualification. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but with suitable work related experience may also exceptionally be considered.
Recipient: Northumbria University
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