Edinburgh Law School

University of Edinburgh

Medical Law and Ethics

The programme on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh to deliver an internationally focussed, interdisciplinary programme that combines flexible learning with the most-up-to-date teaching on all of the important issues affecting medicine, law and ethics today. New health issues are emerging and patient rights are increasingly taking centre stage; new and complex medico-legal dilemmas arise in clinical practice, in the realities of human health, and in the relationships between patients and healthcare professionals. You will have opportunities to examine healthcare policy and the regulation of medicine in different parts of the world. You will also evaluate responses to technology and debate possible futures for medical law. Applications are welcomed from healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses and from all those with an interest in this area.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 Honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 23 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 61 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

You must complete a total of 6 courses (120 credits), 4 of which must be core medical law courses from the list below. You also complete a dissertation (60 credits) over your chosen period of study. Core modules include: Compassionate care and the law; law and medical ethics - fundamental issues in consent and negligence; law and medical ethics - start and end of life issues; health, research and commercialisation; international public health law and security; biotechnology, law and society; European health care law.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM On-line study September 2016 - 1 years
LLM On-line study September 2016 - 2 years
LLM On-line study September 2016 - 3 years
LLM On-line study September 2016 - 20 months
LLM On-line study September 2016 - 32 months

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School of Law Distance learning team
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