Medical and Healthcare Law LLM

The online Medical and Healthcare Law LLM is not currently accepting applications

The online Postgraduate Diploma in Medical and Healthcare Law is not currently accepting applications, however you can register your interest and we'll be in touch as soon as we start taking applications.

Course Overview

On successful completion of this course, you will receive an LLM in Medical and Healthcare Law.*

The LLM in Medical and Healthcare Law course is specially developed for healthcare professionals. The course aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and understanding of the complexities of medical and healthcare law. Students are taught how to respond appropriately within the context of the law, when faced with everyday ethical and practical dilemmas.

While the Medical and Healthcare Law course is academically focused, our students’ development goes beyond textbooks and academic discussions. Students will learn through simulating fictitious case scenarios with their peers, in acting as both claimants and defendants to assess their actions and responses. This gives students the opportunity to experience the real life consequences of legal decisions, in an educational environment.

Students completing the LLM will undertake a research project exploring the complexities of legal rulings and medical issues, enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge through independent study.

The course will focus on the common law legal system of England and Wales, and will appeal to students of other countries that practice a variation of the common law system, such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

The Medical and Healthcare Law Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to all Doctors, GPs, Dentists, Senior Nurses, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists and Psychiatrists. Additionally, the course is open to solicitors, barristers and legal executives who wish to specialise in medical and healthcare law

* Please note that you will not receive a certificate until after successful completion of the two years.

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Course Structure

Our online Medical and Healthcare Law LLM allows you to study for just two calendar years and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 180 credits and comprises 7 modules of 20 credits and 1 module of 40 credits.

Please note: The course content detailed below is indicative only and subject to change until the course is validated.

Year 1

Please note that each module will run over a period of six weeks.

Year 2

Please note that Module 1 will run over a period of 12 weeks, and Module 2 will be completed over the final months of study.

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and International registered healthcare and/or legal professionals.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field. Applicants may also hold a law degree and be working as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive within the field of medical law, and looking to specialise further. The course will also be suitable for managers within healthcare who are working within patient liaison or legal departments, who hold an undergraduate degree.

Please note that you are able to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma as a stand alone course. During your studies, you will be asked if you wish to progress onto the LLM, or you can return at any time afterwards to complete it.

Some students may be able to gain recognised prior learning that allows them to progress immediately to the one year LLM. This will require successful completion of a Postgraduate Diploma with Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university. We can discuss this with you during your application.

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Medical and Healthcare Law Team page.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependant on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

In your second year of study, module one will run in a similar style to previous modules, through academic discussions with your tutors and peers. In module two, you will receive guidance and support from your tutor, but will work independently to produce your professional project.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Online Induction Day

Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies. It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.


The Medical and Healthcare Law course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of case scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked. Students will simulate real-life cases within an online academic forum, providing a space to develop confidence in decision making in everyday situations.

In the first year of study, the six modules follow the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

Year 1

Every week students are presented with two/three case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day litigious issues.

  • Students will learn through finding relevant literature and case law, reading and critically appraising it and discussing it within the forum. In addition, students will apply their learning through the simulation of case scenarios with their peers.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in personalised learning, creativity and problem solving with application to their own practice area. Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, poster, blog or social media project.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.
  • The exam is designed to test theoretical knowledge and its application.

Year 2

Module one has similar assessment criteria as found in the first year. In module two, you will be assessed on your submissions of the proposal (1,500 words) and professional project (10,500 words).

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