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About Medical Law
Masters degrees in Medical Law offer advanced study of the laws, legal systems, and institutions involved with the regulation of medical practise, including analysis of ethics and human rights.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Medical Ethics. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant undergraduate Law discipline.
Courses in this field encourage you to build your understanding of the regulation of the individuals and institutions providing medical care, and to represent those receiving it.
There are many opportunities for specialisation, such as private or public sector healthcare, or the policies involved with different kinds of procedures, such as cosmetic surgery and enhancements.
You may examine the differences in laws and legal regulation of particular issues on an international scale, such as the policies surrounding assisted dying and its legality in some countries but not in others.
Careers in this field may include roles in both public and private sector healthcare, consultancy for hospitals and medical research centres, or even roles within community groups.
If academia is of interest to you, you might wish to pursue a PhD after your Masters, specialising further in areas such as Jurisprudence.
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Our Medical Law MA course focuses on the legal questions raised in the context of medicine. These include debates about assisted reproduction, abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia, psychiatric ethics and mental health law, organ donation and the allocation of scarce resources.
The course applies our staff expertise in medical law and ethics to issues that you will encounter in the workplace. You will be taught by staff with healthcare experience as well as backgrounds in law.
Our Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc course is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence and provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law.
This programme draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh to deliver an internationally-focused, interdisciplinary programme that combines flexible learning with the most up-to-date teaching on all of the important issues affecting medicine, law and ethics today.
This certificate provides an ideal learning environment for legal professionals, policy makers and professionals in both the public and private sectors to develop skills and knowledge in relation to legal matters which impact on their work.
We currently offer 16 on-campus taught master’s programmes, 2 on-campus research LLM programmes, and 6 online LLM programmes. Some of our programmes are listed below. Our full selection of programmes can be found on our website.