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Healthcare Law & Ethics LLM

University of Dundee
60 months
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
January 2023
Application deadline: 14 December 2023

About this program

Healthcare Law & Ethics LLM

This course will help you to gain an understanding of how law and ethics apply to the practice of healthcare professionals. It will give you an appreciation of relevant legal and ethical issues, terminology, sources of law and the ways in which law and ethics work in practice.

You can study at a time and place of your own choosing and at a pace that is comfortable for you. Most of our graduates have completed their studies while working full-time as healthcare professionals.

Some of the topics which are explored in this course include legal and ethical issues relating to:

  • patients’ consent to treatment
  • clinical negligence
  • patient confidentiality
  • abortion
  • genetic selection
  • maternal-fetal conflict
  • withdrawing and withholding treatment
  • euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • pharmaceutical product liability
  • the regulation of clinical drug trials
  • patient capacity and competence
  • the treatment of children
  • research and the incompetent patient
  • organ donation and
  • treating the mentally ill patient

Our focus is primarily on UK law, but as it may be studied by healthcare professionals who are based elsewhere, the course occasionally makes reference to materials from other jurisdictions, particularly the USA.

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Admission requirements

Graduate Entry

You should have: medical or dental degree OR

an upper second class degree or above in another health care subject (including nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy) with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience OR

a minimum of 5 years' practice in a healthcare profession PLUS

two academic references, or two references from colleagues or employers

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.5
  • Reading - 6.0
  • Listening - 6.0
  • Speaking - 6.0
  • Writing - 6.0

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Program content

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Introduction to Law and Ethics
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Legal Research Skills
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fees:

  • Scotland: £ 2,785 per 60 credits
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 2,785 per 60 credits
  • International: £ 2,785 per 60 credits

Career paths

This course is designed for those already working in a healthcare setting looking to enhance their career opportunities. Current or former students include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, surgeons, and hospital administrators.

As this is not an undergraduate law degree, completion of the course will not qualify you to practise law.

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