University of Chester

University of Chester

Medicolegal Practice

This programme is designed to enable health and social care professionals to acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills to function as well as possible in modern medicolegal practice. To this end, there will be an emphasis on gaining a sound academic knowledge of the interdisciplinary field of court work, and its application to practice. The programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of many of the theoretical perspectives of medicolegal work, together with an opportunity to develop critical and analytical abilities, and enable graduates to offer competent and appropriate medicolegal opinion to the court.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (this can be in a range of subjects depending upon the individual�s professional background and may include a standard medical, LLB, nursing or social work degree) normally at a minimum of a 2.1; professional qualifications and/or experience in medicolegal practice. Evidence of personal and professional development. Be qualified at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (if English is not their 1st language).

Course modules

Core modules include: Philosophy, ethics and medicolegal practice; introduction to medicolegal practice; medicolegal skills; advanced medicolegal skills. Optional modules include: Comparative study of medicolegal issues across international jurisdictions; medicolegal practice and criminal proceedings; family law and opinion for the courts; independent study; medicolegal practice: dissertation and research methodology.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Essays, role play activities, assessed simulation, assessed presentations, open book examinations, research proposals and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 780 per Credit module (home fees) 2 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

Key information

Health and Social Care Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000