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Are you looking to take your knowledge of mental health law to the next level? This PGCert course provides knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the practical issues faced by lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospital managers, nurses and all those involved in the application of mental health and mental capacity law.

The course is the first of three stages of the LLM Mental Health Law. On completion, you’ll be ready to apply for the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) and then, once you have the diploma, for the LLM.

For the PGCert you’ll study three modules that have been developed in consultation with mental health professionals. Topics include compulsory admissions, community provisions, and consent to treatment as well as legal research and study skills at postgraduate level.

The distance learning mode offers a high level of flexibility, allowing you to undertake postgraduate study while also pursuing a career. Supported by the latest technology, you’ll enjoy being part of a collaborative learning community as you continue your professional development. Do note however that this course is not eligible for the postgraduate government loan for Masters study.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Are you looking to take your knowledge of mental health law to the next level? This PGCert course provides knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the practical issues faced by lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospital managers, nurses and all those involved in the application of mental health and mental capacity law.

The course is the first of three stages of the LLM Mental Health Law. On completion, you’ll be ready to apply for the postgraduate diploma (PGDip) and then, once you have the diploma, for the LLM.

For the PGCert you’ll study three modules that have been developed in consultation with mental health professionals. Topics include compulsory admissions, community provisions, and consent to treatment as well as legal research and study skills at postgraduate level.

The distance learning mode offers a high level of flexibility, allowing you to undertake postgraduate study while also pursuing a career. Supported by the latest technology, you’ll enjoy being part of a collaborative learning community as you continue your professional development. Do note however that this course is not eligible for the postgraduate government loan for Masters study.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
PG Certificate 9 months, PG Diploma 9 months, LLM 9 months all by distance learning

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other Masters courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. Each module includes an optional study day at the University. If you’re unable to attend, you can still watch the recording that will be made available through the eLearning Portal.

We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students. Further support on academic matters is provided by a Personal Tutor who is available to you throughout the course.

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course.

Book an Open Day / Experience Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Northumbria has built up an enviable reputation for practical, innovative LLM courses. The combination of teaching excellence and practical relevance ensures that standards remain consistently high. We’re committed to postgraduate studies that will enhance your professional career.

The majority of our tutors are qualified solicitors or barristers, with considerable experience of legal practice. We have expertise in a range of areas, including an international reputation in the fields of evidence and criminal justice studies.

The quality of our teaching has been recognised through a variety of awards and nominations. These include Law Teacher of the Year Award, the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award, and Northern Law Awards.

Book an Open Day / Experience Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Our specialist Law Practice Library contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. As a postgraduate student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level.

Our academics are at the cutting edge of current legal issues, which will enhance your learning experience. They’ll discuss their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, and make use of opportunities to involve you in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Our research interests include employment law, information rights, international human rights, gender and sexuality, law and development, and sport law. Northumbria University is particularly known for our work in criminal justice.

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By continuing your professional development, this PGCert will give you an edge in your career. You can extend this edge by progressing to the PGDip stage, for which you can apply on completion of this course.

The distance learning mode means that you can learn as you earn and make a direct connection between your studies and your day-to-day work. The topics in the modules are designed to be immediately relevant to issues that you’re likely to face in the workplace.

When it comes to applying for promotions and considering your career plan, our Careers and Employment Service can help. The Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Book an Open Day / Experience Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

At the end of the course the logical next step is to enrol on the PGDip Mental Health Law followed by the LLM Mental Health Law. This will ensure you complete the Masters qualification.

Many of our students are already working as health and social care professionals, legal practitioners and other professionals who are required to provide advice on the application of mental health and mental capacity law. Their qualifications (PGCert / PGDip / LLM) help them stand out from others within today’s competitive jobs market.

As you progress towards your LLM, you’ll increasingly build up the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

Book an Open Day / Experience Mental Health Law

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Mental Health Law at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This PGCert distance learning course is for professionals (including health and social care professionals and legal practitioners) who want to take their knowledge of mental health law to the next level.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Law, or an honours degree with law modules.
Relevant professional qualifications or suitable experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK Fee per stage/award: £2,330

EU Fee per stage/award: £2,330

International Fee per stage/award: £2,330

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Whilst books are made available via the University Library, some students may wish to purchase key texts.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW7003 -

Legal Research (Core, 20 Credits)

This module seeks to prepare you for the legal research you will be undertaking on your postgraduate programme. This will ensure that you have an appropriate understanding and awareness of appropriate research methods with a particular focus upon: seeking and obtaining legal research sources, recording that data to an appropriate academic standard including issues of referencing and plagiarism, along with effective communication of research methods for example in written essays and oral presentations. The module focuses on the development of skills in three keys areas: problem identification and analysis, information gathering and presentation of results.

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LW7028 -

Compulsory Civil Admission and Community Provisions (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the compulsory civil admission and compulsory community provisions in Part II of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). You will be introduced to the MHA, its history and contents and consider the roles of key mental health personnel (including the Nearest Relative, Responsible Clinician and Approved Mental Health Professional), their duties and powers under the MHA. You will examine the compulsory admission provisions set out in Part II, the criteria for detention and the main effects of detention, comparing and contrasting the compulsory legal regime with informally admitted patients. You will also consider the emergency provisions provided by the MHA that allow for detention pending an assessment under Part II. The provisions in relation to ‘compulsory’ community care will be considered along with the discharge process.

This module covers the following topics:

• Scope of Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) and related legislation;
• Mental Health personnel, their roles, rights and duties and liabilities;
• Admissions of patients to psychiatric institutions - informal and compulsory admission and treatment under Part II MHA 1983;
• Guardianship and other community provisions; and
• Discharge of patients.

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LW7030 -

Hospitals and Consent to Treatment (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the laws relating to consent to mental health treatment in England. You will examine the importance of legal capacity/competency in consent law and its effect on the rights of adults and children to give or withhold consent. The module will take a critical look at the legal framework that governs mental health treatment administered under the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and at common law and the impact that international human rights instruments have in this area of law.

This module covers the following topics:

• Treatment of capable adults at common law: introducing the doctrine of informed consent and the common laws of battery and negligence in relation to consent to treatment;
• Treatment of Incapable adults under the Mental Capacity Act 2005: examining how and when incapable adults can be treated for mental disorder without consent and how provision can be made for a future onset of incapacity through Advance Decisions and Lasting Powers of Attorney;
• Treatment of Children and Young Persons: exploring the legal framework governing the care and treatment of children and young people suffering from mental disorder and the solutions offered by common law and the primary statutes when legal and ethical issues arise about detention and treatment.
• Treatment of detained patients under the Mental Health Act 1983: Exploring the compulsory treatment provisions and safeguards of Part IV MHA and the treatment of community patients under Part 4A MHA 1983.

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Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Applicants Contact Details:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

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