An LLM covering Medical Law can be in pure Medical Law or in Health Care Law or in Health and Human Rights Law.
Here is a selection of 10 of the best LLM programs in Medical Law available to study in the UK.
Cost: £39,378 in tuition fees for international students; £22,578 in total fees for home students.
What you will study: This course at the University of Cambridge covers the difficult choices that society needs to make regarding healthcare, such as who should pay for medical mistakes or what does consent really mean? This LLM program takes nine months on a full-time basis to complete.
Tuition fees: £24,700 for full-time online learning programs for the 2023-24 academic year.
What you will study: Students from a variety of career backgrounds study the current and changing issues surrounding the provision of healthcare. The course at the University of Edinburgh takes one year to complete on a full-time basis or two years on a part-time basis.
Cost: £18,500 for full-time (one year) home students in September 2024 and £29,950 for overseas students with a conditional deposit of £2,000 (not applicable for home students). £9,450 for part-time (two years) home students in September 2024 and £15,000 for overseas students (the course fee is charged per annum for two years.Note that fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis – see details on our tuition fees page).
What you will study: Students at QMUL can complete this course in one year full-time or in two years part-time. Modules include Medical Jurisprudence, Mental Health Law and EU Healthcare Law Rights.
Cost: £13,700 per year for full-time UK students and £26,700 per year for full-time overseas students. £6,850 per year for part-time UK students.
What you will study: This LLM program at the University of Bristol is studied in one year on a full-time basis or in two years on a part-time basis. It explores areas in Medical Law such as the involvement of government in public health and impact of ill health on society.
Cost: £10,530 for full-time 2024 entry UK students. £24,120 for full-time international students.
What you will study: Students on the General LLM at the University of Birmingham can study a module on Human Rights and Health Care Law which explores modern Medical Law issues. This module combined with a dissertation on a topic of the student's choice allows students to gain an understanding of Medical Law. The course takes one year full-time or two years part-time to complete.
Cost: £10,000 fee for 2023-24 UK students.
What you will study: The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics explores some of the most controversial issues of modern times, such as abortion, assisted dying and embryo research. Other areas of study are guided by the medical and ethical issues brought about by new technologies including stem cell research, face transplants and genetic testing. This program is studied via distance learning over one to five years.
Cost: £7,700 total fees for UK students; £15,850 total fees for EU and international students.
What you will study: The LLM in Health Law and Ethics covers general principles such as consent to treatment and medical ethics, as well as more specialist areas of Health Law including the law relating to areas such as organ transplants, reproduction, mental health and medicines. It can be studied over one year full-time or two years part-time.
Tuition fees: £21,246 per year for full-time UK students in 2024-25 or £33,450 per year for full-time international students in 2024-25.
What you will study: This program will help you broaden your existing knowledge of law preparing you for the various pathways where law is required. You'll also gain insights from real-world scenarios provided by practitioners. In this course, you can decide to be a specialist in a facet of law or study differing modules to acquire a general LLM.
Tuition fees: £10,800 per year for UK full-time students or £22,400 for full-time international students.
What you will study: This course will deepen your knowledge of how law applies to medical practice. You'll also gain transferrable skills around the application of legal knowledge, policy and legal augmentation. Additionally, you will learn how to understand and apply English, European and International legal terminology.
Tuition fees: £10,450 for 2024-25 UK students.
What you will study: In this program, you will develop and apply your skills in the specialist subject of medical law. This will cover euthanasia, abortion, mental health, medical negligence, patient safety and Coroner's law. The course is delivered by lecturers, seminars and guided learning.
Editor’s note: this blog post was originally published in May 2018 and has been updated in December 2023 to reflect the latest rankings figures and current LLM information.
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