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Healthcare Law and Ethics

University of Dundee

60 months
2785 GBP/year
2785 GBP/year
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The LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics from University of Dundee is a masters degree for healthcare professionals who want to learn about legal and ethical aspects of professional practise.


This LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics from University of Dundee 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.


Your modules will be delivered online through a combination of materials including PowerPoint presentations, book chapters and journal articles (available online or supplied to participants).


This course is designed for those already working in a healthcare setting looking to enhance their career opportunities. Current or former students include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, surgeons, and hospital administrators.

As this is not an undergraduate law degree, completion of the course will not qualify you to practise law.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Legal Research Skills
  • Controversies in Healthcare Law & Ethics 
  • Legal and Ethical Issues Concerning Pharmaceutical Products
  • Treating Children and Vulnerable Adults 
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have: medical or dental degree
  • an upper second class degree or above in another health care subject (including nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy) with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience
  • a minimum of 5 years' practice in a healthcare profession
  • two academic references, or two references from colleagues or employers

Tuition Fee

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    2785 GBP/year
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    2785 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2785 GBP per year during 60 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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