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Medical Law and Ethics (LLM)

Course Description

LLM Medical Law and Ethics at Winchester provides opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of a diverse range of medical law issues. It enhances analytical and research skills and provides insights into the legal and ethical issues surrounding the delivery and receipt of health care.

Programme Content

Medical law offers considerable scope for interdisciplinary study and collaboration, since the responsibilities of those providing health care and the expectations of those receiving it are legally defined. This programme provides opportunities for students to engage with significant questions, issues and debates within medical law. Students advance their analytical skills, deepen their understanding of current issues and develop their capacity to reflect critically on professional practice and ethical dilemma.

The course is primarily aimed at medical practitioners from a broad spectrum of disciplines as well as lawyers and academics. A specialist qualification in law enhances the ability of practitioners in all fields to meet the high legal and ethical standards to which they must adhere. The programme appeals to legal practitioners, law graduates and professionals seeking to develop their knowledge of this area and progress into areas including academia, medical professional indemnity work, NHS or private health care administration.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/llm-medical-law-and-ethics.aspx


Core modules:
- Introduction to English Law (for students without accredited prior education or learning in law)
- Law, Morality and Society
- Consent, Competence and Confidentiality
- Research Methods
- Dissertation

Optional modules:
- Medical Negligence
- Beginning and End of Life
- Mental Health Law
- Healthcare Delivery and Regulation
- Data Protection and Information Rights

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered on a part-time flexible learning basis, which includes provision of online activities combined with face-to-face workshops. The programme is delivered by specialists within the Department and guest practitioners with legal expertise in the relevant areas.


Each module is assessed through assignments, which may include essays, oral presentations and case studies. The dissertation is a substantial piece of independent research of 12,000-15,000 words. Only the Introduction to English Law module is assessed through a short exam.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


The programme is of benefit to both law graduates and practising lawyers seeking to specialise in this growing area. The programme is accredited for Continuing Professional Development under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme.

Visit the Medical Law and Ethics (LLM) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) or equivalent

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