University of Sheffield

School of Law

LLM Biotechnological Law and Ethics


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM - Biotechnological Law and Ethics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The LLM in Biotechnology Law and Ethics is a unique course in the UK, based in the law school but drawing on research at the forefront of the biosciences conducted in centres of excellence at the University of Sheffield in stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue engineering, synthetic biology, computational systems biology and nanotechnology. The focus is on emerging legal and ethical issues in the discovery chain from the lab to the clinic and includes topics such as genetic choice, genetic privacy, human rights and justice in research, access to health, intellectual property and patents. Students are required to take a total of 180 credits, made up of core modules in semester 1 and 2, a broad choice of other modules and a research based dissertation.

Beyond the integrated complement of modules offered by this programme, Sheffield's Research Institute for Biotechnological Law and Ethics (SIBLE), acts as a forum for exchange of ideas between bioscientists, lawyers, bioethicists, policy makers and the biotech industry through regular seminars and conferences.

Staff at the School of Law are engaged in cutting edge multidisciplinary research on the interface between biolaw, bioethics and the biomedical sciences supported by awards from prestigious research councils including the Medical Research Council, the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust. Students at Sheffield will join one of the global elite universities in the world. Sheffield graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of distinguished careers in the life-sciences field in national, European and international organisations throughout the world.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6 in each component), TOEFL 600 (paper based) or TOEFL 250 (computer based) or TOEFL 100 (iBT) or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP

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