• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 36 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

A distance learning programme designed by our Law team for healthcare professionals.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


Whether you are interested in learning more about the legal and ethical aspects of your job, recognise the impact a qualification with a legal and ethical basis can have on prospects of promotion, or simply have an interest in healthcare law, this course is for you.

The course aims to give you an understanding and appreciation of law and ethics as they apply to professional practice. It will help you understand legal and ethical concepts, terminology and sources of law.

The course allows you to study at a time and place of your own choosing and at a pace that is comfortable for you and most of our graduates have completed their studies while working full-time as healthcare professionals.

  • Designed for busy healthcare professionals
  • Designed specifically for those whose first degree is in a healthcare subject and not law
  • Applications encouraged from those who have studied medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry etc
  • Programme also open to those without a first degree but with relevant work experience which includes NHS Managers
  • Can be completed entirely in your home country, travel to Dundee is not essential


Top in Scotland

Law is ranked number 1 in Scotland and number 3 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide (2019). We’re also in the UK Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guides, 2019.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

The modules will be delivered by a combination of student workbooks and on-line support via an online virtual learning environment called My Dundee. This allows you to access all the materials and assignments you need for this course.

How you will be assessed

Individuals taking this course are assessed by written assignments and on-line examinations.

What you will study

A total of 180 credits are required to complete the LLM in Healthcare Law and Ethics. In the first year, there are two compulsory modules, each of which is worth 30 credits. There are two semesters which run from September to December, and from January to April. Students may commence the programme at the beginning of either semester.

Year 1

The 2 compulsory modules in year one are:

•Introduction to Law and Ethics (30 credits)

•Legal Aspects of Healthcare (30 credits)

Year 2

You have the choice to study two modules from a list which currently comprises:

•Controversies in Healthcare Law & Ethics (30 credits)

•Legal and Ethical Issues Concerning Pharmaceutical Products (30 credits)

•Treating Children and Vulnerable Adults (30 credits)

Year 3

In order to be awarded the LLM Degree, in your third and final year of study, you will take a module entitled "Legal Research Skills" (worth 10 credits) and write a dissertation.

Previous graduands of this programme have concentrated their dissertation on subject areas which include: euthanasia, stem-cell research material/foetal conflict, risk management, clinical trials and pharmaceutical product liability.

Your dissertation topic is your choice, subject to approval by a designated supervisor. Your supervisor will provide guidance on ethical approval (if necessary), structure, content, and milestone deadlines.

This course is designed for those already working in a healthcare setting looking to enhance their career opportunities.

The LL.M in Healthcare Law and Ethics programme at University of Dundee really stood out for me while I was searching for a Postgraduate Degree to study. This was due not only the great reputation but also due to the wide range of topics covered and their resonance with my professional field in military healthcare. The distance learning software was intuitive and well structured, allowing easy access to course content and incremental research independence.

The course is certainly challenging, but is also fascinating and ultimately rewarding. My professional horizons have been greatly broadened over the last 3 years, and I have definitely become more analytical and inquisitive. The support offered by the programme faculty has been outstanding.  An example is the difficulty I experienced in preparing my research proposal for submission in third year, which coincided with my recent operational tour in Afghanistan; running my team in the operating theatres of the field hospital in Camp Bastion. The facilities were austere, and difficulty in accessing research meant that I could not complete it in time.

My dissertation supervisor was very understanding, and allowed me to submit when I was ready, once I had returned home. I was then able to complete my dissertation without further problems, due to fantastic continued support. I would not hesitate to recommend this programme of study, and in fact my enthusiasm has led some of my Navy colleagues to consider applying for the course!

Lieutenant Commander Alan Brockie RN

You should have: EITHER a medical or dental degree, OR an upper second class degree or above in another health care subject, including nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience, OR a minimum of 5 years' practice in a healthcare profession PLUS two references from colleagues or employers who believe that you are suitable for enrolment to the programme PLUS basic IT Skills (web browsing, word documents and familiarity with PowerPoint)

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,500 per module
Rest of UK students £1,500 per module
International students (non-EU) £1,500 per module
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students LLM: £7,875 PGDip: £6,300 PGCert: £3,150
Rest of UK students LLM: £7,875 PGDip: £6,300 PGCert: £3,150
International students (non-EU) LLM: £7,875 PGDip: £6,300 PGCert: £3,150
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

To apply for this course, please download and complete the

Healthcare Law and Ethics Application Form

and email your application to DLHCLE-socialsciences@dundee.ac.uk or via post to 

Dorothy Stewart
PGT Admin Office
School of Social Sciences
University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

Course Contact

Professor Pamela Ferguson
Dundee Law School
+44 (0)1382 385189

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