Health Law LLM

1 year, full-time

Explore topical legal, ethical and moral dilemmas that go to the heart of how we live and die, with a focus on addressing inequalities in health.

Health Law LLM, 1 year, full-time

Explore topical legal, ethical and moral dilemmas that go to the heart of how we live and die, with a focus on addressing inequalities in health.

Course information

Taught by Leicester Law School

Course administrators
Professor Liz Wicks, liz.wicks@le.ac.uk
Professor Jose Miola, j.miola@le.ac.uk

Leicester Law School website

Course description

Course description

This course is about health law, broadly defined, and the inequalities that can manifest themselves within it. It addresses some of the most topical ethical dilemmas facing society:

  • What is the state’s responsibility for the health of its citizens?
  • How should the law regulate new reproductive technologies?
  • Who should decide whether a seriously ill baby lives or dies?
  • Should we able to choose an assisted death?
  • Does the law do enough to protect health in the workplace?
  • Should doctors be allowed to use experimental treatment?

These are just a few examples of the questions we will be exploring on this course. Two core modules on health law will introduce you to the law’s involvement in regulating health and health care, while modules on inequalities in health, and human rights and health care are also compulsory to reflect the rights and equality focus of this degree. You can then choose optional modules to reflect your interests such as clinical negligence, mental health law, employment law, or bioethics. 

The interface between health and law will be of interest to those from both a legal background and a health care background. Our degree will offer the opportunity for lawyers, medics, nurses and others to share ideas and learn from other disciplines. The course is taught by leading researchers on health law and there will be opportunities to attend guest lectures and seminars organised by the Centre for Rights and Equality in Health Law. The course's development within a research centre offers distinctive connections with ongoing research projects, doctoral students and a thriving research environment focused on health and the law. 

Your research skills will be developed with an optional module on a research topic in health law, which is a distinctive way in which we aim to support your research development and will provide support for the dissertation element of the course, alongside skills seminars, and expert supervision for a final dissertation.  

This degree is for you if you are interested in a focused medical law programme as well as having broader interests in health generally, and the issues of human rights, ethics and inequalities. It offers a core focus on traditional medical law but one supplemented by inclusion of modules reflecting human rights law, bioethics, and employment law as well as issues of topical importance and relevant to health care policy and litigation. Thus, the course addresses issues of high importance in the interaction between health, the law and public policy which - as COVID has demonstrated - is of critical importance due to public health and fiscal implications. 

The Health Law LLM can also be studied as an intercalated degree which is taken after the first two or three years of your Medicine degree. This is an optional extra year of study in which you can take a break from medical learning and broaden your horizons without the daily pressures of the medical curriculum. You can take a step back after the first two or three years of your Medical degree, reflect on how far you have come, and look to your future career. With an intercalated LLM Health Law you will have an additional qualification, and additional knowledge and experiences that will be to your advantage when you are applying for jobs or further training. To find out more about an intercalated degree and to apply, email our dedicated team intercalation@le.ac.uk

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A good second-class degree or an equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline.

Relevant professional experience post-graduation is given due credit in considering entry requirements.

We also welcome applicants with a Medical Sciences background and will examine all applications on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with 6.0 in writing and nothing less than 5.5. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in September 2024

  • LLM: £10,700

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

Starting in September 2024

  • LLM: £18,950

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers.

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
  • The ‘LEGAL WEEK’ is an informal student-staff discussion group, which runs every two weeks and contemporary issues with legal implications are discussed. ‘LEGAL WEEK’ allows interaction, fruitful exchange of ideas and improves current awareness.
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

Core modules

Core modules

Plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

Analysis by the Times Higher Education judged 100% of our research to be ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

Classes are run by leading academics in small seminar groups, with a focus on enriching class debate and scholarly thought, and on developing excellence in legal research.

Our LLM students are invited to attend guest lectures and seminars organised by the Centre for Rights and Equality in Health Law, enabling participation in the School’s research activities .

This LLM is taught by specialist staff from the Centre for Rights and Equality in Health Law based at the Law School.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught mainly through interactive seminars where you will test your understanding by engaging in critical discussion of the topics with your fellow students. Before each seminar you will research the answers to a set of questions and come prepared to discuss your ideas and findings.

You will have seven two-hour seminars per 15 credit taught module. There are also online lectures in the Health in the Workplace optional module. You will also have full access to our support services, as well as our virtual learning environment 'Blackboard' which offers a wide range of study support material. 

There will be a range of assessments including research papers, scenario/problem questions, and video presentations. The Research Topic module will offer preparation for the final dissertation which will be an extended exploration of a topic of the student’s choice within the broad field of health law.

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