Medical Law and Ethics, L.L.M.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #41 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.


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)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17400 International
  • GBP 17400 EU/EEA


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