University of Edinburgh

LLM in Medical Law and Ethics


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM in Medical Law and Ethics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Individual and population health is of critical social concern, and has been identified as a key ‘global challenge’ which implicates a wide range of actors and policy fields.
This LLM in Medical Law and Ethics programme examines in detail a diverse cross-section of topics that reflect the legal and ethical challenges faced by those working in and around medicine, placing them in their social and historical context. These include issues that arise in the context of genetics, assisted reproduction, abortion, transplantation, mental health, assisted suicide, medical research, the allocation of scarce resources, and more.
This masters degree adopts an interdisciplinary approach to learning, drawing on academics beyond law, including consulting practitioners. Uniquely, it also adopts a multi-mode approach to learning, whereby you are expected to take at least one online course delivered by the School’s world-leading distance learning team. This not only broadens your avenues of learning, but also opens you up to a much wider community of scholars and practitioners.
Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history in medical training and innovation, and Edinburgh Law School has had a strong presence in the regulation of the medicine, innovation, and related human rights.
As a student on our on-campus postgraduate Medical Law and Ethics programme, you will join an active community of scholars and practitioners, and a rich community of students from around the world. You will gain insights into both the fundamentals of medical law and ethics, and issues of contemporary significance that reflect the research interests of members of staff.
Importantly, you will benefit from interactions with diverse research communities with which the staff are engaged, including: The J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine: Life Sciences and Law, an interdisciplinary research institute based in the School of Law; the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academies of Justice and Health; and the Institute for the Study of Science, technology and Innovation, based in the School of Social and Political Science.
This programme is ideal for anyone who wishes to develop some of the skills that will prepare you for a career in medical law or ethics, and welcome people with not just legal backgrounds but those with medical or life sciences backgrounds.
You will study a total of 180 credits made up of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits, and 120 credits of taught courses spanning a range of legal fields including: Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence; Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment; Contemporary Issues in Medical Jurisprudence; Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society; Medical Negligence; Health, Research and Commercialisation; International Public Health Law and Ethics; Compassionate Care and the Law; European Healthcare Law.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City