PGCert Healthcare Law Postgraduate Certificate / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of medico-legal theories without completing a full master's course.

You will follow some components of the taught component of the MA and LLM, but you will not be required to write a dissertation. If you have successfully completed the PGCert, you may be eligible to transfer to the Diploma or MA/LLM if you meet the transfer requirements and pay the additional fee.


  • Receive the highest quality of training in healthcare law.
  • Highlight the application of legal theory to real-world scenarios, catering to the practical needs of healthcare and/or legal professionals. 
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of medico-legal theories.
  • Gain the skills needed to apply theory to real-world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 6,000 words for the 30 credit core course unit. 

Course unit details

On this certificate you are required to successfully complete 60 credits of course units. 

The optional 15 credits course units on offer each year may vary due to staff availability. 

If you are studying the campus-based certificate, you will complete the 30 credit core unit in Medico-Legal Problems in semester one and either one 15 credit option in both semesters, or two 15 credit options in semester two, on a full-time basis. 

If you are studying the distance learning certificate, you are normally expected to complete the 30 credit core unit in Medico-Legal Problems in Year 1, and then two options in Year 2.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Medico-Legal Problems CSEP60211 30 Mandatory
Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60102 15 Optional
Global Health Law and Bioethics CSEP60222 15 Optional
Medicine, Law and Society CSEP60962 15 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for master's study. To find out more please visit our master's funding opportunity search page .

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