Advanced Diploma in Medical Law

New course to be offered Spring / Summer 2019 (dates TBA).

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of Medical Law with a focus on both domestic and European in that area. Participants will develop an understanding of the practical application of Medical Law principles, the legal obligations on medical professionals and regulatory practice.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

This course aims to inform participants about the legal environment surrounding the medical professions in Ireland. In particular, participants will: 

  • Develop a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, principles and policies underpinning medical law in Ireland;
  • Examine the legal framework in which medicine is carried out and consider its implication for clinical practice;
  • Identify situations which may give rise to legal claims;
  • Describe and explain the current legal issues affecting clinical practice and hospital management; 
  • Examine the role of different actors and bodies in regulating the health care professions;
  • Use legal terminology relating to this area of the law competently and correctly;
  • Describe and explain key principles in this area;
  • Debate potential legislative reforms in this area
  • Identify factual, legal and practical issues arising in the context of a problem question scenario;
  • Formulate and present written and oral arguments.

Course Content and Delivery

Delivery is part–time over weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays). Lectures from high calibre experts, both legal and clinical, will be complemented by tutorials which will enable participants’ close focus and honing of skills most relevant to their own decision–making context.

While lectures and tutorials will be the primary delivery method, blended options and e–learning components will be included across all elements of course.

Programme Modules

Lectures will be recorded and students will be able to stream these recordings at a time of their choosing, dependent on their internet access. Supplementary materials will be provided online.

Course Start Date: to be confirmed 

Application Deadline: to be confirmed 

Please note that this is a provisional schedule – Number of weekends subject to change.  







1. Course launch and introduction 

2. Principles of clinical negligence 

3. Standard of care and causation in negligence   

4. Clinical negligence issues: plaintiff and defendant perspectives 




5. Expert evidence 

6. Consent to treatment 

7. Medical confidentiality and medical records




8. Clinical research on humans and animals 

9. Assisted human reproduction

10. Decision making at the extremities of life 




11. Coroner’s court 

12. Health practitioner and the family 

13. Regulation of healthcare professionals 

14. Employment issues in healthcare  




15. Mental health law

16. Regulation of medicines

17. A view from the bench (NB this lecture may take place on a week night – date TBC.)



Assessment will be via two written assignments, each worth 50% of the overall mark for the course.


Who Should Attend

This course will be suitable for clinical and managerial healthcare professionals who wish to improve their knowledge of medico–legal aspects of healthcare. It will also be of interest to lawyers working or seeking to improve their expertise in medical law, and to policy makers and regulators.



To be confirmed.


How to Apply

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