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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    2 years part-time - distance learning

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    30 June 2017

Course content

In recent years, the law relating to medicine and healthcare has become increasingly complex and patients are becoming more aware of their legal rights. This has significant consequences for medical practices and questions of legal liability and compensation. Changes in the structure of the NHS are also giving rise to a number of important legal problems.

Our LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice was established in 1987 and aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to, and the issues surrounding, the practice and administration of healthcare, as further changes make a deeper understanding of the field ever more significant.

This part-time, distance-learning course provides the opportunity to study topics in-depth and conduct research in areas of medical law of particular interest to you. The programme:

• Covers a wide spectrum of healthcare law topics.
• Stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought.
• Enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

Distinctive features

This course attracts a diverse student body from members of the medical and legal professions and is suitable for graduates in law, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacology and associated healthcare and health management professionals.

CME points will be awarded to doctors where appropriate.


The programme is taught through lectures and seminars on residential weekends over a period of two years.

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage One (the taught component) comprises four, compulsory 30-credit modules; Stage Two comprises the dissertation.

Stage One will run over two years and you will take two modules in each year; each module will be studied over two residential weekends and you will be assessed after the second residential weekend. You will progress to the dissertation upon successful completion of Stage One.

Core modules:

Introduction to Medical Law and the Law of Healthcare Management
Consent to Treatment
Clinical Negligence
Key Legal Aspects of Psychiatry and Reproductive Medicine and the Family
Dissertation (Part Time)


Studying at postgraduate level is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at all classes is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.

Your modules will be delivered through seminars and lectures during residential weekends, individual and joint written oral presentations and distance learning.


We make use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Your marks in summative assessments count towards your final award. Each LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice module is summatively assessed by one 5000 word essay. The Dissertation (up to 15,000 words) comprises the Stage Two summative assessment.

Career Prospects

LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice graduates have gone on to become barristers, solicitors, coroners, police surgeons, general practitioners, consultants, dentists, NHS managers, pharmacists, nurse-tutors, doctors and dentists employed by the Department of Health and the Defence Organisations.

Visit the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice LLM page on the Cardiff University website for more details!





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