Taught course

Medical Law and Ethics (Online Distance Learning)

University of Edinburgh · School of Law

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK. English language standard: 7.00 IELTS or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh to deliver an internationally-focussed, interdisciplinary programme of courses that combines flexible learning with the most-up-to-date teaching on all of the important issues affecting medicine, law and ethics today.

The programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of medical law and ethics within International, European and Domestic settings. The content spans foundational issues in medical law, such as consent, negligence and confidentiality, issues at the beginning and end of life, public health, biosecurity, regulation of medical research, and legal and social approaches to biotechnology.

Having studied the programme, students will emerge with an understanding of medico-legal issues not just in the legal context, but with a sound grounding in ethics, social and theoretical contexts. During study you will have access to the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality. This programme is suitable to prepare students for advanced research.

Applications are welcomed from healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses and from all those with an interest in this area.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
20 - 36 months
distance learning
20 - 36 months

Course contact details

Toby Beveridge
+44 (0)131 650 7129