Family Law And Society MA

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £3172.50 per year of study
Course start September
  • Taught by research active academics who are international experts within their field

  • Students develop skills and competencies in a variety of areas, including communication, research and analysis of complex information

  • This unique award looks at family and health care law and policy and offers students the opportunity to complete a dissertation on a subject of their choice,  which can act as a gateway to doctoral study if so desired.

  • Both face to face and on line resources ensure that this award can be completed by those in full time employment.

Course outline

This course is suspended for 2017/18 entry. Please contact for details.

In contemporary society, ideas of family, parenthood and healthcare are changing and this course looks at those changes in a holistic socio-legal context. The taught content incudes the changing ideas of family, child protection and health care, regulation of procreation, elder law, capacity and the complex human rights issues that this changing society and scientific advances raise. This course is being offered as a blended learning course with a combination of face to face learning as well as online support via our virtual learning environment.

This course is particularly suited to graduates working within, or intending to work, within the family law and services sector, including overseas practitioners now based in the UK, mediators and arbitrators. It will also be of benefit to health service personnel and those in the charity and voluntary sector amongst others who need specialist legal knowledge and understanding.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £3,172.50 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.


For more information and how to apply click here.

Course content

Students may complete the required credits from any combination of modules available within the programme. The 15 credit single module Legal Research Methodology is a compulsory core module for all the Law MAs running. The 15 credit options include:

  • Human rights and the changing family

  • Elder law and decision making at the end of life

  • Child protection with a focus on healthcare

  • Regulation of procreation

  • Capacity consent and disability

  • Individual project

Please note: not all modules will be offered in any single academic year; however, every effort will be made to ensure that student's wishes are accommodated.

Entry requirements

You must hold an undergraduate honours degree (grade 2.2 or above) from a UK university or the international equivalent. You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score IELTS 7.0 is required for this award.

Other applicants will be considered on an individual case by case basis.


Assessment will involve a variety of methods to suit all learning styles including 3000 word critical essays, poster presentations or discussion board contribution. The remaining credits will be awarded for a final 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student's choice.

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