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Medical Law and Ethics (Online Learning)

The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh Law School to deliver an internationally focused, interdisciplinary programme that combines flexible learning with the most up-to-date teaching on all of the important issues affecting medicine, law and ethics today.

Medical law is a fascinating field of study 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 arise in clinical practice, in the realities of human health, and in the relationships between patients and healthcare professionals.

The programme enables you to explore the international and interdisciplinary dimensions of medical law and ethics. You will have opportunities to examine healthcare policy and the regulation of medicine in different parts of the world. You will also evaluate responses to technology and debate possible futures for medical law.

Applications are welcomed from legal professionals and healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, and from all those with an interest in this area.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.

Course modules

To be awarded the LLM in Medical Law and Ethics you must successfully complete six courses, five of which must be compulsory courses, and a dissertation over your chosen duration of study.

Courses listed below are for the 2018/19 academic year
• The Fundamentals of Law and Medical Ethics
• Fundamentals in Bioethics
• Law and Ethics at the Start and End of Life
• Governance of Innovative Medicine
• Global Health: Law and Policy
• Shaping Modern Healthcare
• Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals
• Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society
• European Health Law and Policy

. / Students can also choose a course within the areas of intellectual property law, information technology law or commercial law.

See our website for detailed programme information.

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