Medical Law and Ethics, LL.M.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
The University of Edinburgh Online
Medical law is a fascinating field of study in the 21st century as advances in medical research and new technologies shift the boundaries of medicine.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


New health issues are emerging and patient rights are increasingly taking centre stage. New and complex medico-legal dilemmas are arising in clinical practice, in the realities of human health, and in the relationships between patients and health care professionals.

The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics at Edinburgh Law School is positioned at the constantly changing interface between medicine and law.

Who is it for?

The programme has been designed for health care professionals, those working in the health-related professions, practitioners in the pharmaceuticals industry, and legal professionals.

Health care professionals will benefit from new knowledge and perspectives on the day-to-day legal and ethical issues they encounter, as well as from the interdisciplinary nature of the programme.

Lawyers and law graduates joining the programme will be able to develop a much broader understanding of medical law and ethics than simply the specialist practice areas of medical negligence and personal injury. Therefore the programme will be of interest if you are interested in specialising or changing career – to work in the following areas:

  • medical law or health policy;
  • advising medical professionals and/or patients;
  • risk management and regulatory affairs, perhaps in health research or in the pharmaceutical or medical devices industries.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Biotechnology, Bioethics and society
  • Compassionate care and the law
  • European health care law
  • Health research and commercialisation
  • International public health law and ethics
  • Law and medical ethics - fundamental issues in consent and negligence

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS 180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:

If your degree is in a legal subject, you will generally need a minimum of a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent to be eligible to apply.

English Requirements:

A number of tests are available and accepted by the University as evidence of competence in English. Details of the tests and required level of attainment are as follows:

  • IELTS: total score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each module);
  • TOEFL-internet-based test: total score of 100 (with at least 23 in each module);
  • Pearson Test of English: total score of 67 (with at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections);
  • Cambridge English Test:
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade A

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17400 International
  • GBP 17400 EU/EEA


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