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Family Law and Society MA

Course Description

In contemporary society, ideas of family, parenthood and healthcare are changing and this course looks at those changes in a holistic socio-legal context. The taught content incudes the changing ideas of family, child protection and health care, regulation of procreation, elder law, capacity and the complex human rights issues that this changing society and scientific advances raise. This award is being offered as a blended learning course with a combination of face to face learning as well as online support via our virtual learning environment.

This award is particularly suited to graduates working within, or intending to work, within the family law and services sector, including overseas practitioners now based in the UK, mediators and arbitrators. It will also be of benefit to health service personnel and those in the charity and voluntary sector amongst others who need specialist legal knowledge and understanding.

Course content

Students may complete the required credits from any combination of modules available within the programme. The 15 credit single module Legal Research Methodology is a compulsory core module for all MAs running in the Law School. The 15 credit options include:
-Human rights and the changing family
-Elder law and decision making at the end of life
-Child protection with a focus on healthcare
-Regulation of procreation
-Capacity consent and disability
-Individual project


Assessment will involve a variety of methods to suit all learning styles including 3000 word critical essays, poster presentations or discussion board contribution. The remaining credits will be awarded for a final 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student's choice.

Please note: not all modules will be offered in any single academic year, however, every efford will be made to ensure that student's wishes are accommodated.

Visit the Family Law and Society MA page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You must hold an undergraduate honours degree (grade 2.2 or above) from a UK university or the international equivalent. You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score IELTS 7.0 is required for this award. Other applicants will be considered on an individual case by case basis.

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