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LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Law Medical Ethics Ethics Health Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Course description

The LLM in Healthcare Ethics and Law provides high-quality education in healthcare ethics and healthcare law. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real-world scenarios, catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

Aims

This course will allow you to develop an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will also develop the ethical and medico-legal knowledge and research skills required for writing a master's level dissertation, and will be well prepared for further research if you so desire.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars.

Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of two or three hours per week, and is split roughly between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called, challenge-response model).

Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which you are enrolled is compulsory. For course units of 15 credit value, there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is assessed by coursework in the form of 4,000 word essays per 15 credit course unit and up to 6,000 words for the two 30 credit core course units.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

Modules

This unit will look at relevant topics in contemporary bioethical debate and will examine the background and arguments pertinent to these. Some specific topics to be covered include, but are not restricted to, beginning of life issues (abortion, stem cell research, reproductive liberty), autonomy, consent and capacity, resource allocation, organ donation and end of life issues. The unit aims to broadly cover these issues but will remain flexible and responsive in order to deal with any ethical issues that may arise due to media coverage of a particular area or new scientific developments.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£20,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

The LLM applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in law or in a relevant subject. Those applicants who do not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry onto our LLM course may wish to be considered for entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma course. In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course. Candidates without a first degree may register initially for the Postgraduate Diploma and be considered for transfer to the LLM. A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available. Transfer is dependent upon the student reaching Master's level in the taught modules.