Students are required to complete five compulsory modules beginning with a Legal Research and Study Skills module which provides an introduction to the English Legal System for non-lawyers and a firm grounding in essential legal research methods at postgraduate level. Students wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate can do so after successfully completing two of the compulsory modules, amounting to 60 credit points.
The compulsory modules are:
- Legal Research and Study Skills
- Compulsory Civil Admission to Hospital and Guardianship
- Mental Health Tribunals
- Consent to Treatment
- Practice, Procedure and the Future of Mental Health Services
Successful completion of the above modules gives students the choice of graduating at this point with a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Law Policy and Practice or electing to progress to Masters level. Those wishing to continue to the award of an LLM are required to complete an LLM dissertation.
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.
On successful completion of the taught modules, students will qualify for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. 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.