University of Bristol

LLM Health, Law and Society


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM Health, Law and Society

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This distinctive LLM programme examines how we should approach the greatest challenges and opportunities for law and policy as mechanisms to address health and wellbeing. It looks at questions including reproductive justice, social and mental health and wellbeing, health inequalities, and the diverse roles of social and political institutions in shaping health, law and society. 

It therefore goes beyond traditional courses on healthcare law to look at the relationships between law, governance and health across society and governmental sectors. Students will enjoy the opportunity to study wide-ranging questions concerning the impacts of law, regulation, policy and practice on health and wellbeing.

The attraction and utility of this LLM lies in both its subject coverage and the range of transferable skills it promotes. It would be of benefit in many different practical settings and careers. It is suitable for students working or planning a career in policy, healthcare management, health regulation (including at local authority level), healthcare and social care providers, legal practice, public health, advocacy, NGOs, special interest groups or legal/policy research.

You will be taught by leading academics who combine internationally recognised research profiles with wide experience with organisations responsible for policy development, professional regulation and social advocacy. The programme includes core teaching in health law and governance, along with specialist units.

The University of Bristol Law School has a large and vibrant international student community and LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

Programme structure

Students will take four units (120 credit points overall, 30 credit points each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points). The units are made up of two compulsory core Health Law units, an optional specialist Health Law unit and an open choice of LLM unit.

 Core units:

  • Law, Governance, and Health
  • Health Inequalities, Law and Society

Specialist Health Law units, one of which must be taken as part of the LLM*:

  • Public and Global Health Law
  • Law and Governance for Mental and Social Well-Being
  • Health Law and the Body

The final option may be taken from the specialist Health Law units, or from any other LLM programme. These might include*:

  • Law Gender and Sexuality 
  • Corporate Governance in the United Kingdom and United States 
  • Migration Law and Policy - International, European, and Human Rights Dimensions 
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Legal Perspectives on Sustainability 
  • Public Law 

* Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 16,300 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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