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Advanced torts


This course is designed for students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in law or another discipline and who are now interested in postgraduate-level studies. Tort law is fundamental to the common law and is of everyday importance in all sorts of community and business interactions. 

Module A: Introduction to torts and trespass to the person


  • History of tort law
  • Protected interests and fault
  • Battery
  • Assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Intentional infliction of harm

Module B: The action in negligence


  • Duty of care: general
  • Duty of care: psychiatric illness
  • Standard of care and breach
  • Causation and remoteness
  • Defences

Module C: The defamation action


  • Introduction
  • Defamatory meaning
  • Reference
  • Publication
  • Defences

Module D: Tort theory


  • Conceptualisation and theory
  • Corrective justice
  • Rights theory
  • Economic theories
  • Deterrence
  • Pluralism in tort law


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended that you attempt the modules in order.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Common law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Academic Co-ordinator

LLM academic co-ordinator

Christian Witting

Christian Witting is Professor of Private Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Previously, he held chairs in law at Durham University and Exeter University. Christian also worked at Melbourne Law School in Australia, and has been a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore on several occasions. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, formerly in service with the Commonwealth Attorney’s General’s Department (Australia).