Taught course

Mental Health Law

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement is one of the following: a degree in law a degree incorporating law elements or a joint honours degree incorporating law a comparable professional qualification Students with non-law degrees but appropriate work experience will also be considered. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but suitable work related experience may also exceptionally be considered for admission to the Diploma

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits)
  • LLM (60 credits) - total 180 credits, all at level 7

The linked award structure of our distance learning LLM programmes gives students flexibility in their studies. Students enrol on and complete each stage of the programme,all of which are at Masters level, before choosing to move onto the next stage or choosing to exit with the relevant award. The stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate stage, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma stage, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM stage. Completion of all three stage leads to the award of LLM.

This popular programme provides a unique opportunity for mental health practitioners to gain a postgraduate qualification in Mental Health Law whilst still pursuing their careers. The programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of Mental Health Law, with the flexibility of distance learning study enabling participants to work independently whilst maintaining essential contact and support from their tutors. It will appeal to practising lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospital managers and nurses as well as those with a general interest in Mental Health Law.

This programme is taught on a distance learning basis and takes 2.5 - 3 years to complete, depending on the route chosen and the availability of advanced standing. Each module is taught from a practical viewpoint, enabling students to both understand and apply the relevant law. Students are guided through each module by comprehensive study materials written by expert practitioners in each field.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
9 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453