The Regulation of Healthcare - LAWS9410

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Julie McCandless checkmark-circle


The module will explore some of the most significant issues in the legal regulation of healthcare, including medical malpractice; duty of care; capacity; consent; best interests; refusal of treatment; public health; and resource allocation.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 18
Private Study Hours: 182
Total Study Hours: 200


LLM in (Specialisation); PG Diploma in (Specialisation); PG Certificate in Law

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay (5,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

• Roger Brownsword Law, Technology and Society: Reimagining the Regulatory Environment (2019)
• Emily Jackson, Text and Materials in Medical Law (5th edition, 2019).
• Alasdair Maclean, Autonomy, Informed Consent and Medical Law: A Relational Challenge (2013)
• Linda Mulcahy, Regulating Medical Work (1997).
• Oliver Quick Regulating Patient Safety. An End to Professional Dominance? (2017).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate systematic knowledge of a range of legal issues within the regulation of healthcare practice;
2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the broad political contexts that impact on the regulation of health;
3. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the different kinds of regulatory environment that impact on human health and how these
intersect with axes of disadvantage and discrimination;
4. Critically engage with current broader academic debates regarding healthcare law in this area.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the application and practice of law within different contexts and from different perspectives;
2. Identify relevant issues from complex factual situations;
3. Undertake independent and original research;
4. Formulate reasoned, critical arguments – demonstrating originality in the application of knowledge;
5. Analyse complex problems from a range of different theoretical perspectives and disciplinary approaches.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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