Taught course

Healthcare Law and Ethics LLM

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have either a medical or dental degree, or an upper second class degree or above in another health care subject, including nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience, or a minimum of 5 years' practice in a healthcare profession plus two references from colleagues or employers who believe that you are suitable for enrolment to the programme plus basic IT Skills (web browsing, word documents and familiarity with PowerPoint).

Months of entry


Course content

This course will help you to gain an understanding of how law and ethics apply to the practice of healthcare professionals. It will give you an appreciation of relevant legal and ethical issues, terminology, sources of law and the ways in which law and ethics work in practice.

You can study at a time and place of your own choosing and at a pace that is comfortable for you. Most of our graduates have completed their studies while working full-time as healthcare professionals.

Some of the topics which are explored in this course include legal and ethical issues relating to:

  • patients’ consent to treatment
  • clinical negligence
  • patient confidentiality
  • abortion
  • genetic selection
  • maternal-fetal conflict
  • withdrawing and withholding treatment
  • euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • pharmaceutical product liability
  • the regulation of clinical drug trials
  • patient capacity and competence
  • the treatment of children
  • research and the incompetent patient
  • organ donation and
  • treating the mentally ill patient

Our focus is primarily on UK law, but as it may be studied by healthcare professionals who are based elsewhere, the course occasionally makes reference to materials from other jurisdictions, particularly the USA.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    60 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Aude Fiorini