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Legal Aspects of Medical Practice LLM

Legal Aspects of Medical Practice LLM

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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Legal Practice Health Legal / Ethical Issues

Course type


Course Summary

In recent years, the law relating to medicine and healthcare has become increasingly complex and patients are becoming more aware of their legal rights. This has significant consequences for medical practices and questions of legal liability and compensation. Changes in the structure of the NHS are also giving rise to a number of important legal problems. Our LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice was established in 1987 and aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to, and the issues surrounding, the practice and administration of healthcare, as further changes make a deeper understanding of the field ever more significant.

This part-time, distance-learning course provides the opportunity to study topics in-depth and conduct research in areas of medical law of particular interest to you. The programme covers a wide spectrum of healthcare law topics; stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought; enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law. This course attracts a diverse student body from members of the medical and legal professions and is suitable for graduates in law, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacology and associated healthcare and health management professionals. LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice graduates have gone on to become barristers, solicitors, coroners, police surgeons, general practitioners, consultants, dentists, NHS managers, pharmacists, nurse-tutors, doctors and dentists employed by the Department of Health and the Defence Organisations.

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

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This module considers the legal and ethical issues arising in relation to consent to treatment and the legal possibilities which exist to treat patients without their consent. The module considers the doctrine of informed consent as it applies to adults with capacity, and also considers the position of children, adults who lack capacity to give consent, and patients who are detained under mental health legislation. The module considers the impact of international human rights instruments on the law of consent. These legal issues are considered in the context of the political, economic and other factors that have helped to shape them.

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Entry requirements

Students should ideally have obtained at least a 2:1 class degree or equivalent. Applicants with a 2.2 class degree or equivalent will be considered taking into account the application in its entirety.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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