Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study
If English is not your first language
IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) or equivalent
Part-time only: 2 years
Start date: September
Teaching takes place: Friday/Saturday
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £3,300 p/a
Total Cost | £6,600
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £6,375 p/a
Total Cost | £12,750
To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here
Accreditation: The programme is accredited for Continuing Professional Development under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme.
Fact: We have established links with both the legal and health professions on a local, regional and national level.
Terms and Conditions
For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.
**Please note the fees are indicative and subject to the approval of the University of Winchester Board of Governors.
Medical law offers considerable scope for interdisciplinary study and collaboration, since the responsibilities of those providing health care and the expectations of those receiving it are legally defined. This programme provides opportunities for students to engage with significant questions, issues and debates within medical law. Students advance their analytical skills, deepen their understanding of current issues and develop their capacity to reflect critically on professional practice and ethical dilemma.
The course is primarily aimed at medical practitioners from a broad spectrum of disciplines as well as lawyers and academics. A specialist qualification in law enhances the ability of practitioners in all fields to meet the high legal and ethical standards to which they must adhere. The programme appeals to legal practitioners, law graduates and professionals seeking to develop their knowledge of this area and progress into areas including academia, medical professional indemnity work, NHS or private health care administration.
- Introduction to English Law (for students without accredited prior education or learning in law)
- Law, Morality and Society
- Consent, Competence and Confidentiality
- Research Methods
- Medical Negligence
- Beginning and End of Life
- Mental Health Law
- Healthcare Delivery and Regulation
- Data Protection and Information Rights
The programme is delivered on a part-time flexible learning basis, which includes provision of online activities combined with face-to-face workshops. The programme is delivered by specialists within the Department and guest practitioners with legal expertise in the relevant areas.
Each module is assessed through assignments, which may include essays, oral presentations and case studies. The dissertation is a substantial piece of independent research of 12,000-15,000 words. Only the Introduction to English Law module is assessed through a short exam.
At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
The programme is of benefit to both law graduates and practising lawyers seeking to specialise in this growing area. The programme is accredited for Continuing Professional Development under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme.