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Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law (343AA)

Graduate DiplomaYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Award titleGraduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code075329K
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 8
Credit points50 credit points
Duration6 months full time or 12 months part time

The health and medical law specialisation is open to lawyers and to doctors and other health professionals and administrators (with no prior legal qualification).

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • a degree in Law (LLB, JD or equivalent) at honours standard or equivalent leading to admission to legal practice; or
  • a degree in Law (LLB, JD or equivalent) or equivalent leading to admission to legal practice and at least one year of documented, relevant professional experience; or
  • an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and at least one year of documented, relevant professional work experience.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and if necessary
  • the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.

Intended learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law will:

  • Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of health and medical law, including the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in relation to:
    • the theoretical framework surrounding health and medical law, and contemporary ethical and theoretical issues
    • the law concerning the relationship between doctor and patient as well as that relating to particular procedures
    • the provision of concise legal advice to plaintiffs and defendants in medical litigation
    • ethical issues arising in health and medical law
  • Have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills that enable them to:
    • analyse critically, evaluate and convey information and
    • generate ideas and solutions to complex problems from both theoretical and practical perspectives in the subjects studied in the field of health and medical law
  • Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner in the field of health and medical law.

Graduate attributes

  1. Advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the relevant area of law
    The specialist focus of the Melbourne Law Masters, the constant review and renewal of subjects and courses, the range and expertise of instructors from Australia and around the world, and regular advice from our advisory boards combine to ensure that courses and subjects reflect emerging knowledge and ideas
  2. Ability to evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge in the area
    Small classes, a discussion-based environment and the emphasis on quality teaching and learning create an environment in which knowledge is exchanged, critically examined and adapted to current circumstances
  3. Well-developed problem solving abilities, characterised by flexibility of approach
    Most subjects approach knowledge by reference to various issues or problems. Students are encouraged to critically analyse problems and identify and develop a range of appropriate solutions through class discussion, individual study and assessment tasks.
  4. Advanced competencies in legal research and analysis
    Class preparation and class discussions are designed to enhance these skills, which are tested in all forms of assessment.
  5. Capacity to communicate, orally and in writing
    Classroom discussion and formal presentations provide an opportunity to hone oral communication skills, and written assessment tasks are graded in part on written communication skills.
  6. Appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research
    Research papers and other research tasks are expected to attain a degree of originality and discovery that befits a quality postgraduate program, and students are encouraged and assisted to publish work of a high standard in refereed journals.
  7. Capacity to manage competing demands on time
    The demanding nature of graduate study requires effective time-management skills from all students. The rigour of our programs, whether undertaken part-time or full-time, ensures that all successful graduates have enhanced time-management skills.
  8. Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, including the ethics of scholarship
    Some subjects have a substantive ethical component. All instructors have a respect for intellectual integrity and are skilled scholars or practitioners in their own right.
  9. Appreciation of the way in which knowledge provides a foundation for leadership
    Instructors in the Melbourne Law Masters are leaders in their fields, and many subjects involve visiting academics, exposing students to a wider array of leaders in a range of legal fields. The Law School is committed to the significance of knowledge, which informs all regular programs and a wide range of additional activities.
  10. Capacity to value and participate in teamwork
    Small class sizes and an intensive teaching format are valuable in encouraging group dynamics and teamwork.
  11. Understanding of the significance and value of knowledge to the wider community
    Law and legal knowledge are a community resource. In some subjects, this perspective is covered explicitly by the syllabus and the manner in which issues are treated in class. In addition, our diverse student body ensures that a range of perspectives on the way law impacts on the community are identified and analysed.
  12. Capacity to engage with issues in contemporary society
    Our programs focus on the most up-to-date legal knowledge, analysing current issues and problems through the curriculum design, classroom discussion and assessment tasks. International students are also invited to participate in extracurricular activities to aid understanding of Australian law and legal institutions.
  13. Advanced working skills in the use of new technology
    The most advanced IT infrastructure is available to Melbourne Law Masters students in the Law Library, the Moot Court Room, classroom settings and for private study.

Course structure

Students must complete four subjects from the prescribed lists.

Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction or any prior legal studies or experience are also expected to complete the two-day preliminary subject Australian Legal Process and Legal Institutions.

Subject options

Health and Medical Law subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS90057 Comparative Health Law
LAWS70151 Global Health Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90092 Global Health, Trade and Investment Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90152 Health Data Governance
LAWS70451 Health Law and Human Rights Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70348 Health Law: Patient Protection
LAWS90153 Institutional Abuse and Legal Redress
LAWS70421 Law and Emerging Health Technologies
LAWS70259 Medical Ethics
LAWS70225 Medical Litigation
LAWS70458 Mental Health and Disability Law
LAWS70401 Regulation of Health Practitioners

Other subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS90085 Competition in the Healthcare Industry
LAWS90087 Disability Human Rights Law
LAWS70073 Expert Evidence Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70082 Privacy Law
LAWS70460 Regulatory Policy and Practice
LAWS70163 Sports Medical and Anti-Doping Law
LAWS70053 Workplace Health and Safety
LAWS90129 Law, Science and Technology
LAWS90120 Public Health Law Not available in 2019 12.5

Last updated: 17 September 2019