Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle

Mental Health Law

**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.

Entry requirements

LLM: 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 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

Course modules

Modules include: compulsory civil admission and guardianship; hospitals and consent to treatment; legal research.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Distance learning September 2019 - 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning September 2019 - 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning September 2019 - 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus NE1 8ST North East

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