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  • Objectives
    This course explores the controversial and expanding area of health law and ethics. The course is designed for a mixture of students from a range of backgrounds including recent law graduates, practising lawyers and people working in the health care profession. The course is offered as a Single, Joint or Major/Minor LLM Award.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A degree in law is not a prerequisite; students will be considered if they have a degree in another discipline (normally at least 2:2), plus appropriate work experience. Examples of the type of experience required would be paralegal work in the field of medical negligence, or relevant work in one of the health care professions. It is important that all International Law students speak, write and understand English well. Students can assess their fluency by taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For entry onto the LLM programmes a minimum level of 6.5 is required for IELTS, or a written TOEFL score of 580 or computer based TOEFL score of 237. If applicants do not meet the language entry requirements, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are available through our Nottingham Language Centre prior to the start of the Masters programmes.
  • Academic Title
    LLM Health Law
  • Course description
    Modules
    The LLM programmes consist of two common modules, Legal Research and Writing, and the dissertation. Students select seven modules depending on their interests. Introduction to Health Law is compulsory.

    Modules include:

    -introduction to health law
    -medical ethics
    -medical malpractice
    -health care and the incapable patient
    -the employer and health law
    -the law relating to organ transplants
    -the law relating to human reproduction
    -the ending of life: legal and ethical issues
    -medicines and pharmacy law
    -clinical risk and health management.

    Course content
    The LLM programmes consist of the following two common modules.

    -Legal research and writing: This module is designed to develop the special legal research and writing skills that students will need to complete the assessments. It provides an opportunity to examine research methodologies, academic writing and library and information skills.
    -Dissertation: The Law School provides a supportive environment for students to carry out a major but focussed individual research project. Students wishing to achieve a Masters degree are required to submit a dissertation of 18,000 to 20,000 words on a suitable topic of their choice.

    The curriculum includes a compulsory introduction to Health Law with students selecting seven optional modules depending on their areas of interest.

    How do you study?
    A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed as appropriate to each module with the aim of enhancing contextualised skills of research and writing. The methods employed include lectures, seminars and workshops. The seminars allow you to examine topics in-depth through the discussion of papers presented during seminars. Although the primary focus is on individual independent study you may have an opportunity to work in groups within seminars.

    Assessment
    With the exception of the dissertation and the Legal Research and Writing module, which is assessed by the submission of a research proposal, the modules for the LLM programmes are assessed by means of a 4,000 word piece of work. These could be discursive essays, reports, case studies or problem scenarios.

    Resources and facilities
    Teaching is normally held at the city site of Nottingham Trent University and utilises all the facilities available to students, including a well-stocked library with electronic access.

    Study routes
    The course is one year full-time and runs from September to September. A part-time route of study is also available.

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