Tort Law (723M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Tort law introduces students to the conditions for establishing liability for negligently inflicted harm.

Students will evaluate courts’ approaches to different types of harm through a detailed examination of decided case law.

The module will consider the interaction between negligence and other areas of tortious liability such as:

  • occupiers’ liability
  • product liability and nuisance/Rylands v Fletcher liability
  • the remedies and defences available.

Students will engage critically with academic commentary and judicial reasoning in order to assess the extent to which the legal rules in this area are consistent with underlying legal principles.


100%: Seminar


100%: Examination (Distance examination, Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.