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Postgraduate Course: Health Research & Commercialisation (LAWS11302)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module will explore in detail the many ways in which commercial interests and commercial regulation influences human health through its co-shaping of health research and the development of health technologies. It will give students detailed knowledge of:

1. healthcare demands/pressures;
2. contemporary health research methods and approaches for shifting health knowledge from bench to bedside;
3. core health research and health system shapers; and
4. the role of markets, commercialisation, and intellectual property on the fashioning and management of healthcare systems.

The module will examine how fundamental tensions are mediated within the legal and regulatory structures governing international health research and international commerce, the most relevant element of which is the international intellectual property system (and more specifically patents).
Course description Session 1: Health, Research and Human Rights - Key Institutions and Instruments
Session 2: Research, Development and Commercialisation - Key Institutions and Instruments
Session 3: Rights to Health, Rights to Research and Rights of Participants
Session 4: Research Structures & Funding Models
Session 5: Information Governance of Health Research
Session 6: Research, Tissue and Property in the Body
Session 7: Patenting Human Tissue & Morality
Session 8: Medicinal Products and Medical Devices
Session 9: Developers, Regulators and Patients/Consumers
Session 10: Benefit Sharing
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%).

Requirements for all module assessments will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students can expect to receive timely feedback on their assessments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. appreciate the range of competing interests and values at play in the regulation of international health research;
  2. appreciate how international regulatory frameworks for health research and international regulatory frameworks for commercialisation co-evolve and shape research activities;
  3. formulate well-reasoned and coherent arguments relating to health research and commercial practices and rules, and, where appropriate, suggest reforms thereto.
Reading List
A list of key module readings will be available in advance of the module. Detailed reading lists are then available each week.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the module, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another¿s arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Shawn Harmon
Tel: (0131 6)51 4267
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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