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Master of Laws (LLM) in Medical Law and Ethics

Customise your own course with this fully flexible programme!

Course start date: 28th September 2020 (Application deadline: 1st September 2020). Delivered by tutored distance learning

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

Find out more in the course prospectus.

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The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which take place on 11th-12th September 2020, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from 28th September 2020 through to the end of December 2020 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2021, 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 2022, 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.

See this year's modules.

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.

Core Module

Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics

Optional Modules

  • Consent and the Situation of Incapacitated Patients
  • Philosophy of Health Care
  • Medical Negligence
  • Medical Research
  • Patient Safety, Quality and Professional Regulation in Healthcare Law
  • Dental Law, Practice and Ethics
  • Coroners Law
  • Negotiated Study
  • Issues Relating to the Creation and Saving of Life
  • Mental Health
  • Issues Relating to the Termination of Life
  • Expert Evidence

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well. See Flexible Study Options box for further information.

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
  • Food Law
  • 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.

See the Medical Law and Ethics modules.

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.

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

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2020 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2020. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2021).

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.

The course is designed to cater for lawyers and nonlawyers.

Therefore it is suitable for actual/intending lawyers in the fields of:

  • clinical negligence litigation
  • mental health
  • bioethics
  • human rights
  • 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.

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The course commences with a virtual induction weekend on Monday 28th September 2020 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. This is followed by a Research Day, which is on-campus at the Hugh Aston Building at De Montfort University. There are a number of further study days scheduled throughout the first year of the programme. The format of which will be confirmed upon the start of the programme. 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 offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.

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

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Do not delay your application as places are limited.

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Jackie Elton, Senior Nurse, University Hospitals of Leicester
Jackie Elton

Senior Nurse

University Hospitals of Leicester

Patty Healey, Senior Lecturer, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Patty Healey

Senior Lecturer

Leicester De Montfort Law School

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