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  • Objectives
    Offers knowledge and expertise to contribute more fully to your chosen profession through the development of intellectual competence and postgraduate skills.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:

    Suitable for graduates in law, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychiatry, pharmacology and associated healthcare and health management professionals.


    Applicants should usually have a good Honours degree in law, although applicants with other appropriate qualifications will be considered.

    Students without Law degrees will be offered a short introductory course prior to the commencement of the LLM programme itself.

    Students whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS (with no less than 6.0 in any element) or 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), 90 (internet-based) in TOEFL or equivalent. Students with English as a first language must have a GCSE/O Level of Grade C or above, and must provide a certificate of proof.
  • Academic Title
    Legal Aspects of Medical Practice (LLM)
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    The LLM (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice) aims to provide a sound knowledge of the legal rules applicable to the practice and administration of health care and to stimulate a critical approach to the operation of these rules of law in society. It has attracted great interest from members of the medical and legal professions and proved very worthwhile to our graduates. Many have obtained career-advancement as a result, and most continue to enjoy keeping abreast of developments in the field of medico-legal studies. 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.

    The LLM (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice) can be studied either full-time over one year or part-time over two years. The two part-time routes provide students with the opportunity to study whilst still pursuing their professions.

    Students must complete four modules (one assessment for each module comprising of a 6,500 word essay or examination) and a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words). It may be possible to undertake two modules from the Masters of Laws (LLM) route, however, for the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice route some or all of the specialist modules are compulsory.

    Depending on the route and the particular module, these comprise a mix of lectures and seminars, individual and joint written and oral presentations and distance learning. All modules are supported by extensive IT provision available on and off campus. Modules are typically led by staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject matter.

    Special Features:

        * Full-time and part-time weekly programmes are available.
        * A part-time programme taught by means of eight residential weekends held over two academic years is available.
        * The degree is recognised for the purposes of postgraduate education of healthcare professionals, including GPs and dentists.
        * CME points will be awarded to doctors where appropriate.

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