Improve your career prospects by gaining a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics while remaining in full-time employment. Tailor the course and choose the modules that are right for you.
Customise your own course with this fully flexible programme!
Course start date: 13th September 2019 (Application deadline: 1st September 2019).
Delivered by tutored distance learning
De Montfort University
The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics requires the successful completion of 180 credits as outlined in the Course Structure section.
Don’t forget: You can choose modules from the other De Montfort LLM courses, see the flexible study options section for some of the module choices available.
This unique programme in Medical Law and Ethics will enable you to:
Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating the provision of healthcare and with particular regard to ethical perspectives
Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes
Study at a faster pace – follow the ‘accelerated route’ and complete the LLM in 15 months
The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 13th-14th September 2019, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2019 through to the end of December 2019 and is assessed by written coursework.
From January to December 2020, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).
In the second year, January to December 2021, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of medical law.
Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.
Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics
Consent and the Situation of Incapacitated Patients
Philosophy of Health Care
Patient Safety, Quality and Professional Regulation in Healthcare Law
Dental Law, Practice and Ethics
Issues Relating to the Creation and Saving of Life
Issues Relating to the Termination of Life
And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well.
Flexible Study Options
The Medical Law and Ethics course form part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Medical Law and Ethics modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:
Business Law/International Business Law
Employment Law and Practice
Environmental Law and Practice
Sports Law and Practice
International Human Rights Law
Available modules from other courses include:
International Child Law; European Convention on Human Rights; Social Justice; International Humanitarian Law; Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights; The Protection of Refugees in International Law; Collective Labour Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; People Management within Organisations; Equal Opportunities in the Workplace; Public Procurement Law and Practice; Expert Evidence; International Law; Aspects of Discrimination in Business; Civil Liberties in the Workplace; Individual Labour Law.
To gain an award in Medical Law and Ethics, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Medical Law and Ethics modules must be studied, and the dissertation must also fall within the scope of Medical Law and Ethics. Thereafter there is freedom of choice across all pathways.
EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE
In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.
Both companies based in the UK and those wishing to import into the UK will likely be affected by Brexit. De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.
The course is designed to cater to lawyers and nonlawyers.
Therefore it is suitable for actual/intending lawyers in the fields of:
clinical negligence litigation
resource allocation and treatment decisions relating to patients lacking decision-making capacity
The course will also be suitable for all healthcare professionals with direct responsibility for patient care, particularly those caring for psychiatric patients, as well as clinicians engaged in medical research. NHS Trust staff concerned with clinical governance, risk management or with resourcing decisions will also find the course of direct value.
Why This Course?
"Once people knew that I was studying for an LLM in medical law and ethics I was asked to present to a number of different teams within hospitals, especially about consent. Since becoming a consultant I have been requested to contribute to a number of different projects largely because of my LLM, examples being an end of life group and a patient safety group."
J. Meikle, LLM Medical Law and Ethics
"Incredibly useful course. The programme is very current and relevant to my work. I wish I had done it ages ago!"
I.Shipley, LLM Medical Law and Ethics
The Accelerated Route
Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2019 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2019. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2020).
This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.
Optional Study Days
The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 13th and 14th September 2019 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that, there are a number of further optional study components throughout the course. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of optional modules, allow meetings with course tutors and fellow students and provide useful introductory sessions especially for those students who do not have a degree in law or some other relevant legal qualification. The other sessions will concentrate on additional areas that will be useful to students throughout their studies. These additional sessions will be offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.
How Do I Enrol On The Course?
Scan your application form and supporting documentation and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org