- Pursue a flexible and interdisciplinary course which covers both healthcare ethics and law, with a focus on the latter.
- Develop your interest in healthcare ethics and law – from both a UK and a global perspective.
- Flexible, online course with no requirement to attend classes on campus.
Master of Laws (LLM)
How long it takes:
2 years (part-time)
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
Course unit details
You will be required to complete 180 credits:
- 120 credits comprised of taught course units (each worth 15 or 30 credits); and
- an independent research element (dissertation) worth 60 credits.
On the distance learning course, you complete 60 credits of taught course units in Year 1, and 60 credits in Year 2, together with a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words, which is undertaken in the summer months in Year 2. The dissertation should be predominantly law-based.
The core course units are :
- Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits);
- Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits);
- International Issues in Healthcare Ethics and Law (30 credits).
You must choose optional course units to a total value of 30 credits from the below list. LLM students must choose both the law-based course units:
Medicine, Law and Society (15 credits)
Mental Health Law and Policy (15 credits)
Research Ethics (15 credits)
Ethics and Genetics (15 credits)
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Philosophical Bioethics (Distance-Learning)||CSEP60103||30||Mandatory|
|Medico-Legal Problems (Distance Learning)||CSEP60113||30||Mandatory|
|Mental Health Law and Policy||CSEP60243||15||Mandatory|
|Medicine, Law & Society||CSEP60253||15||Mandatory|
|International Issues in Health Care Law and Ethics (Distance Learning)||CSEP60293||30||Mandatory|
Academic entry qualification overview
You must hold a minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (eg medicine, law, philosophy, nursing, religious studies).
If you hold a relevant degree but do not reach the entry qualification for the LLM, you may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma (see details of entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma).
If you initially enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma course, you will be considered for a transfer to the LLM. A decision as to whether a transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available. Transfer is dependent upon you reaching master’s level in the taught units.
- IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
- Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66
Scores are valid for 2 years.
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
LLM (part-time distance learning)
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
International students (per annum): £9,500 per annum
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Successful graduates of the LLM are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in medical, legal and ethical fields.
Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.