About the LLM Health Law and Ethics
This course examines general principles such as consent to treatment and medical ethics, together with more specialist areas of Health Law including the law relating to:
- organ transplants
- reproduction and the law
- mental health law
- medicines and pharmacy law
- employment and health.
You will gain an insight into the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on healthcare and the law, as well as exploring the link between ill health and poverty and the implications of this.
Why choose LLM Health Law and Ethics?
- Gain an in-depth understanding of Health Law and Ethics in a European context.
- Learn from expert teaching staff including Dr Austen Garwood-Gowers, the author of leading works in organ transplantation and medical use of the human body more generally.
- Option to complement your study of Health Law and Ethics with up two modules from other LLM subject areas.
- Full-time and part-time study routes.
- Attend an International Summer School and explore Law in a European context.
- Scholarships available.
- Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.
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Starting: September / October
Course length: One year full-time, two years part-time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
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You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.
- The Legal Structure of Health Law: Judicial Review, Confidentiality and Malpractice
- IP Public Health Medical Innovation
- Consent, Capacity and Mental Health
- Mental Capacity and Mental Health Law
- The Employer and Health Law
- Law and the Beginning and Ending of Life
- Medical Use of the Human Body
Or select up to two modules from another subject area.
You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.
In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.
The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.
How do I study?
The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.
Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.
Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.
For full- and part-time students, modules are taught through weekly two-hour seminars in small groups. Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.
Expert Teaching Staff
Our reputation for world-class education and scholarly research is a reflection of our high-quality committed teaching staff. The staff that teach on the LLM Health Law and Ethics are listed below.
Your future career
Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.
Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge.
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.
Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.
While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.
Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.
You will need a good degree in Law (minimum 2.2) or, an honours degree in another discipline plus either the CPE (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) conversion qualification.
Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.
English language requirements
International students need to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English before starting the course. We usually require one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
- TOEFL iBT 83 with at least 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
- An equivalent English language qualification.
Find out more about the English Language qualifications we accept.
How to apply
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