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LLM Medical Law and Ethics (distance learning)

Examine how to analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating the provision of healthcare with a particular regard to ethical perspectives.

Overview

This course is designed to help you identify and manage the issues that you will encounter in the modern workplace. Our targeted medical law and ethics modules will introduce you to the structure of the NHS, professional self-regulation and more. In addition to studying core modules, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of optional, insightful modules, enabling you to tailor your studies and specialise in your chosen area of interest.

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals with direct responsibility for patient care, particularly those caring for psychiatric patients, as well as clinicians engaged in medical research. It is also suitable for NHS Trust staff concerned with clinical governance, risk management or resourcing decisions.

Key features

  • This course has been established for over 18 years, enabling students to benefit from experienced academic expertise. 
  • The programme covers real-world ethical issues including euthanasia, abortion, mental health, medical negligence, patient safety and Coroner’s law.
  • Develop your own personal pathway. This course combines one core module with a diverse range of optional modules
  • Study at your own pace. Enjoy flexible distance learning, with the option to exit at one of several points with a postgraduate award.
  • Differentiate yourself in the job market. Gain a competitive edge by increasing your knowledge of medical law.

“I wanted to return to the legal sector, and focus on medical law and practices. I needed a course that would work around my family and work commitments. Advice and support was always available and it really has opened so many new doors for me”

Kristina Clarke

 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme codes:

M20071
M20072 (15-month course)

Start date: September 2021

Duration: Two-and-a-quarter years by distance learning. An accelerated 15-month course is available

Location of study: Distance learning

Fees and funding: 2021/22 fees for UK students: £8,700

2021/22 accelerated course fees: £8,950

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M20073

Start date: September 2021

Duration: Two-and-a-quarter years by distance learning. An accelerated 15-month course is available

Location of study: Distance learning

Fees and funding: 2021/22 fees for EU/international students: £8,700

2021/22 accelerated course fees: £8,950

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification, or an appropriate professional qualification. Some background knowledge of law is useful , but a degree in law is not essential.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

Introduction to Healthcare Law and Ethics – this module will introduce you to the structure of the NHS, professional self-regulation and access to healthcare. You will also look at the legal concepts of criminal and civil liabilities underpinned by ethical theories and principles.

You will also select elective modules which might include:

Dissertation
You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of the law. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice. In order to obtain the LLM in Medical Law and Ethics your dissertation must have a medical law theme.


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

The LLM is studied by distance learning and is fully assessed by coursework and a dissertation. The distance learning mode involves optional attendance at Leicester De Montfort Law School, for a maximum of ten Saturday study days during the period of study. The course is structured in a way that allows you to exit at one of several points, if desired, each with a postgraduate award.

Teaching contact hours

This is a distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication, and by optional attendance at Study Days.

For each module of study you will be provided with a set of printed materials to work through in the form of a module handbook. One 15 credit module requires approximately 150 hours of personal study. Each module is supported by a tutorial during the Study Days subject to student demand. Assessment is through coursework and a dissertation.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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