Medical and Healthcare Law Online Courses

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Our Medical and Healthcare Law courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning. The courses are designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and understanding of the complexities of medical and healthcare law.

As healthcare is becoming increasingly litigious, a sound knowledge of the law relating to medicine and healthcare is essential for healthcare practitioners. To support safe and confident healthcare practice, students are taught how to respond appropriately within the context of the law, when faced with everyday ethical and practical dilemmas.

For healthcare professionals who successfully complete a qualification, they will be equipped with the necessary legal knowledge to support safe and confident practice, and can provide support to their employers with sound legal knowledge should any litigious action arise.

For legal professionals who successfully complete the course, they will be provided with a unique perspective of medical and healthcare law, and have the knowledge to specialise further within medical and healthcare law.

Our Postgraduate Diploma and LLM online courses aim to:

  • Teach students how to apply medical and healthcare law in a variety of healthcare settings demonstrating intellectual independence.
  • Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills with respect to application of the law in healthcare.
  • Enable students to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes relating to Medical and Healthcare Law.
  • Provide opportunities for students to work as part of a team, demonstrating sound investigative skills, judgement and initiative.
  • Equip students with a systematic understanding of medical and healthcare law in relation to the ‘at risk’ patient.

Meet the Course Director

Professor John Mayberry

Professor John Mayberry,DSc, MD, LLM, MSc (Medical Education), FRCP (London & Glasgow), FRCP (Ireland), Grad Dip Law.
Current post: Honorary Consultant Physician, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Leicester.

  • Professor Mayberry has extensive experience within medical law, having acted as a consultant in medical negligence cases for over 10 years.
  • He has advised the General Medical Council (UK) and the Parliamentary Ombudsman on Health and Social Services on a range of medical complaints.
  • Professor Mayberry completed an LLM in Legal Aspects of Medicine from the University of Wales in 1991, and served as a Member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education & Conduct from 1997-1999.
  • Between 2010-2015, he was a member of the Medical Protection Society Claims Advisory Committee.
  • Professor Mayberry has extensive teaching experience, having completed an MSc in Medical Education with Stafford University. He notably acts as a University Examiner for Leicester, Nottingham, Cardiff and East Anglia universities.
  • He’s worked as an Editor of The Postgraduate Medical Journal for 10 years.
  • He regularly teaches on our Postgraduate Diploma in Gastroenterology and MSc in Medical Education.

Subject Courses

Medical and Healthcare Law PgDip

The PgDip runs over one calendar year, and is an online, part-time, self-directed distance learning course. Students will complete six modules, each running over a period of six weeks. On successful completion of the course, students will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma.

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Medical and Healthcare Law LLM

The LLM runs over two calendar years, and is an online, part-time, self-directed distance learning course. Students will complete the PgDip in the first year, and then progress onto the LLM in the second. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then begin the professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

On successful completion of this course, students will receive a University of South Wales LLM.

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March 2020 MSc Courses Begin