Edinburgh Law School

University of Edinburgh

Medical Law and Ethics

Students study individual and population health, which are matters of growing social concern that implicate a wide range of actors and policy fields. Human health has been identified as a key �global challenge�, the realisation of good health and the delivery of effective healthcare is not a straightforward matter. Nonetheless, their general recognition as public goods imposes on society an obligation to explore ways of improving health outcomes. Obviously, a variety of fields, practices, institutions and instruments have a role to play, including the law.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline, ideally have a 1st degree in law, politics, medicine, or life sciences, equivalent to a UK Upper 2nd Class Honours. If English is not the 1st language, one of the following qualifications as evidence of spoken and written English: IELTS, total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module); TOEFL internet based test, total 100 (at least 23 in each module); PTE(A), total 67 (at least 61 in each of the 'communicative skills' sections); CPE grade B; CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence; Contemporary Issues in Medical Jurisprudence. Various options available.

Assessment methods

All taught courses are assessed mainly by essay, written assignment, and, in some cases, class engagement. Plus a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words on an approved topic.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 calendar years
LLM Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 calendar years
LLM Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 1 calendar years
LLM Part-time - 2 calendar years

Campus details

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Key information

Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0131 650 9821