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Legal Aspects of Medical Practice

Cardiff University

24 months
9200 GBP/year
6950 GBP/year
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This programme in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice from Cardiff University aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to the practice and administration of healthcare.


The LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice from Cardiff University, established in 1987, aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to, and the issues surrounding, the practice and administration of healthcare, as well as the ethical principles underpinning these rules.

What you'll study

The law relating to medicine and healthcare has become increasingly complex and patients are becoming more aware of their legal rights and the ethical principles which underline these rights. This has significant consequences for healthcare practices, the regulation of healthcare, and the relationships between patients and members of healthcare teams. 

This includes complex areas like patient information and consent, legal and professional regulation of healthcare professionals, clinical negligence, and beginning and end-of-life issues. Changes in the structure of the NHS are also giving rise to a number of important legal problems. Furthermore, an increased understanding of ethics and how this relates to both the practice and regulation of healthcare provide a ready source of criticism for existing and proposed legal rules.

The part-time, distance-learning programme is taught via a series of teaching blocks, each of which is delivered across a weekend. This enables you to fit study into your current working arrangements while still allowing for the creation of a learning community.

You will have the opportunity to study topics in-depth and conduct research in areas of medical law and ethics of particular interest to you. 

The programme:

  • Covers a wide spectrum of healthcare law and ethics topics;
  • Stimulates a critical approach to evaluation of current and proposed regulation and cultivates independent and original thought;
  • Enables you to undertake in-depth research and demonstrate advanced knowledge in specific areas of law.

Career prospects

LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice graduates have gone on to become barristers, solicitors, coroners, police surgeons, general practitioners, consultants, dentists, NHS managers, pharmacists, nurse-tutors, doctors and dentists employed by the Department of Health and the Defence Organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal and Professional Regulation of Medical Practice
  • Dissertation (Part Time)
  • Capacity and Consent to Treatment
  • Ethical Judgements in Healthcare Law

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum 2:1 degree in law, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary science or other relevant disciplines.  Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered, taking into account the application in its entirety.
  • Applicants who have served for a substantial period of time within the National Health Service or related administration will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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    9200 GBP/year
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  • National

    6950 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6950 GBP per year during 24 months.


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