Taught course

Medical Law and Ethics

University of Edinburgh · School of Law

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline - ideally have a first degree in law, politics, medicine, or life sciences - equivalent to a UK upper-second class honours. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module) PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections) CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

You will join a rich and active community of scholars and practitioners, and gain insights into the pursuit of health and the governance of health-supporting practices and systems, including those around science, innovation, commercialisation, and more.

The programme aims to examine in detail a wide range of topics that reflect some of the main contemporary legal and ethical challenges faced by those working in medicine, placing them in their social and historical context. These include issues that arise in the context of genetics, assisted reproduction, abortion, standards of medical treatment, transplantation medicine, mental health, advance decisions, assisted suicide, medical research, and the allocation of scarce resources.

This programme gives students from a diverse range of countries the opportunity to study the fundamentals of medical law and ethics, both international and domestic, at an advanced level, through a blended learning approach that focuses on in-class courses, but that also has an online component.

It also offers the opportunity to take more specialised courses on issues of contemporary significance that reflect the research interests of members of staff.

Lastly, it encourages and supports the development of research skills and seeks to prepare you for a career in medical law or ethics.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)131 650 9821