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Programme Structure

The flexibility of the programme means that students complete each nine month stage of the programme before enrolling on the next, allowing the option to leave at the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma stage, or to continue on to the Masters stage of the programme. Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM.

Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Law (60 credits)

Three compulsory modules make up the Postgraduate Certificate

  • Legal Research and Study Skills
  • Compulsory Civil Admission to Hospital and Guardianship
  • Hospitals and Consent to Treatment
  • Practice, Procedure and the Future of Mental Health Services

Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Law Policy and Practice (60 credits)

Three compulsory modules make up the Postgraduate Diploma

Term 1

Mental Health Tribunals

Term 2

Mentally Disordered Offenders

Term 3

Practice, Procedure and the Future of mental Health Services

Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules run in the order set out above, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Module Assessment

The compulsory modules, other than Legal Research and Study Skills, are assessed through the completion of written assignments of no more than 3,000 words for each module. There are no examinations for this programme.

The Legal Research & Study Skills module involves on-line group work and peer review of formative written work. There is no end point assessment on this module. Instead, students are required to participate in a series of tasks.

Throughout the programme, students receive detailed feedback on their assignments and can discuss their performance with module teaching staff. Programme materials also include self-test questions and answers to aid students in assessing their progress on the course and practice assignments with written feedback. For each module there is an opportunity to attend a dedicated study day at the School of Law in Newcastle upon Tyne, which includes a full day of lectures and seminars. These study days are not compulsory and are held on Saturdays.

The Project

In order to obtain a Masters degree (LLM), students must complete an additional research project of between 15,000 and 17,000 words in an area of their choice, enabling them to explore a topic of particular interest to them in greater detail.

All students are supported during their Project by a designated Project Supervisor.