This pathway introduces you to the institutions and organisations associated with medical law, and their inter-relationships. You explore the context in which medical law operates and develop an understanding of the ethical and theoretical issues that underpin it.
Please note that we are currently remodelling our provision in this area, with the intention of focusing on the relationship between health, law, and society. Prospective students are advised to revisit this course entry in Spring for further information about this pathway in 2020.
Studying for a Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent means having the certainty of gaining an LLM in a specialist area of Law. The Kent LLM gives you the freedom to leave your choice of pathway open until after you arrive, with your pathway being determined by the modules you choose.
1 year full-time (September start only)
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the institutions, principles and structures of law in areas studied, and the policy background and interrelationships between them
- the key concepts, policy issues, principles; and relevant sources of law and policy in the areas studied
- the substantive law relevant to a range of key areas of law and policy
- the theoretical, social and academic debates which underlie the substantive areas of law studied
- the practical contexts in which law operates
- the importance of evaluating law alongside its theoretical and practical contexts: and
- the relationship and inter-relationship between areas of law studied.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- gathering information and accessing key sources
- applying your knowledge of medical law to a wide range of situations associated with relevant practical theoretical and ethical issues
- evaluating issues according to their context, relevance and importance
- formulating arguments on central issues and areas of controversy, and the ability to present a reasoned opinion based upon relevant materials
- recognise potential alternative arguments, and contrary evidence, to your own opinion and present a reasoned justification for preference
- demonstrate an independence of mind and the ability to offer critical challenge to received understanding on particular issues
- an ability to reflect constructively on your learning progression.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- the ability to identify and characterise issues relating to areas of law studied, which arise in practical situations
- the ability to research and access the main sources of law and policy that are relevant to the area of law studied
- the ability to appreciate and evaluate the main theoretical and political perspectives that underlie the legal provisions
- the ability to provide a reasoned and justified opinion as to the possible legal consequences in particular circumstances
- awareness of the limitations of present knowledge and matters needing to be resolved by further research
- the ability to utilise research skills, at least, to commence further research into unresolved issues
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- the ability to identify relevant issues from potentially complex factual situations
- the ability to undertake research from a diverse range of sources;
- the ability to summarise detailed, complex information accurately and concisely
- the ability to formulate arguments in verbal presentations and defend these against opposing views
- presenting information and arguments in written form, in accordance with academic conventions, and appropriately to the intended readership
- evaluating personal performance.
This programme aims to provide:
PGDip: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) written and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
PGDip: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of the subjects studied.