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Legal Aspects of Medical Practice (LLM)

n/a (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise to contribute more fully to your chosen profession through the development of intellectual competence and postgraduate skills.

Special Features

Course Description

The LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to the practice and administration of health care and to stimulate a critical approach to the operation of these rules of law in society. It has attracted great interest from members of the medical and legal professions and proved very worthwhile to our graduates. Many have obtained career-advancement as a result, and most continue to enjoy keeping abreast of developments in the field of medico-legal studies. Graduates have gone on to become barristers, solicitors, coroners, police surgeons, general practitioners, consultants, dentists, NHS managers, pharmacists, nurse-tutors, doctors and dentists employed by the Department of Health and the Defence Organisations.

Course Structure

The LLM (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice) can be studied part-time over two years as a Weekend Programme. This part-time programme provides students with the opportunity to study whilst still pursuing their professions.

Students must complete four modules (one assessment for each module comprising of a 5,000 word essay or examination) and a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words). Students must study four compulsory modules from the LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice programme.

Depending on the particular module, teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures and seminars, individual and joint written and oral presentations and distance learning. All modules are supported by extensive IT provision available on and off campus. Modules are typically led by staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject matter.

For more course and module information, please see the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice page on the Law School website.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in law, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacology and associated healthcare and health management professionals. Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although other appropriate qualifications will be considered.

For entry onto the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice programme candidates may be qualified in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or nursing, veterinary science or any relevant discipline, or have served for a substantial period of time within the National Health Service or related administration.

Early application is recommended. Please see our how to apply pages for more information.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time £5,250 £7,500
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Admissions Team LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice and Canon Law  

Telephone: +44(0)2920 874588 



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School Contact

Name: Helen Calvert  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4353 



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