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Medical Law and Ethics LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Health Legal Issues Law (Specific Statutes) Social Ethics

Course type


Course Summary

Medical law and ethics is a fascinating field of study as advances in research and new technologies shift the boundaries of medicine. New health issues are continually emerging and patient rights are increasingly taking centre stage. Complex medico-legal dilemmas are arising in healthcare practice and in the relationships between patients and healthcare professionals. You’ll find that many of the issues we cover on this course are highly topical. Over the course of two years, you’ll explore the moral problems faced by medical and healthcare professionals, learn about issues that may raise legal liability in these areas, and reflect upon the legal, social and ethical context in which healthcare law is situated. Our optional modules will allow you to tailor the course to your own particular interests. You’ll be able to explore these in greater depth in your Major Project, by undertaking a significant piece of independent research in your chosen topic. You’ll benefit from working with students from medical, healthcare and legal backgrounds who will bring different experiences and viewpoints to the subject. If you’re working in the medical or healthcare fields and want to move into a more senior position, our course will help to enhance your CV. By developing specialist academic expertise in the field of medical law you’ll broaden your knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical context in which you work. Our course will also provide a sound basis for continuing your studies at PhD level, particularly if you have a law degree.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



On this introductory module, you will look at a number of different moral theories and ethical concepts and gain a range of analytical tools with which to assess different ethical claims. You will consider how we as professionals understand concepts of values, and look at the relationship between law and morality and the nature of moral and legal rights. You will also undertake critical analyses of theories of ethics, gaining a critical awareness of the theories and principles in health care ethics that you will apply in a systematic and creative way to various contemporary issues facing the health and medical professions. You will be assessed through an essay that critically explores moral theory and ethical concepts in relation to a health care practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a degree in a relevant subject with a minimum of lower second class honours. Students with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.