OverviewThe LLM in Medical Law is one of 20 LLM programmes of study at Queen Mary.
The LLM in Medical Law programme engages with a new and expanding field which offers considerable scope for interdisciplinary study and collaboration. The responsibilities of those providing health care and the expectations of those receiving it are legally defined, and as a consequence the law is increasingly involved in dispute resolution.
The programme offers a comprehensive examination of the role of law within the contemporary healthcare environment. It provides a sound knowledge and understanding of the institutions and organisations associated with medical law and the interrelationships between them.
The LLM in Medical Law is suitable for you, if you are a law graduate or a practising lawyer, or legal executive, with an interest in developing your knowledge of medical law and health policy.
Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.
Why study your LLM in Medical Law at Queen Mary?
The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.
- There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
- We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
- Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
- We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
- You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.
You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.
As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.
In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:
- Business Source Complete
- Index to Legal Periodicals
- International Court of Justice Reports
- Kluwer Arbitration
- Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
- Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
- UK Statute law database
- United Nations Treaty Collection
The LLM programme is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules (examined in May-June) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August).
What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.
Induction and choosing your modules
We run a two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills. In the second week you will have the chance to try out the different modules within your programme before you make your final choice. Full details of the induction programme will be made available online by September each year.
LLM Year Planner
The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.
The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.
In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.
Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take one taught module per year.
For more information:Visit the School of Law website.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.
To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Medical Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM modules.
All modules are 45 credits unless otherwise stated.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed.
- QLLM005 Advanced Medical Negligence
- QLLM041 Intellectual Property Aspects of Medicine
- QLLM077 Medical Jurisprudence
- QLLM078 Mental Health Law
- QLLM081 New Medical Technologies and the Law
- QLLM125 Medical Law and the Family (Not running in 2014-15)
- QLLM189 European Healthcare Law
- QLLM190 EU Healthcare law: Rights, Policies and Instruments (22.5 credits Semester 1)
- QLLM191 Competition and Regulation in EU Healthcare Markets (22.5 credits Semester 2)
The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.
Non-law graduatesNon-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements webpage.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.
For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
How to apply - one LLM programme only
You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme, which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.
If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at email@example.com - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.
Where will my lectures and seminars be held?
Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).
The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.
You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Professor Johanna Gibson
- Professor Rachael Mulheron
- Professor Richard Ashcroft
- Dr Ruth Fletcher
- Nick Bernard
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Full time £12,600
Tuition fees for International students
Full time £18,000
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Read more about funding a masters
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.
Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).
Read more about funding a masters.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Postgraduate Funding (pdf)
- Planning your budget and cutting costs (pdf)
- Part-time and vacation work (pdf)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Anika Rolfs, Germany
LLM in Medical Law 2013-14
Following my law studies at Humboldt-University Berlin, I completed my legal clerkship at the legal department of Europe’s biggest university clinic as well as a law firm specialising in medical negligence. Meanwhile, I came to appreciate medical law as a relatively young and aspiring field of law, holding an exceptional amount of dynamic.
Having chosen medical law as a career aspiration, I was seeking to combine it with my further interest in comparative studies. After considerable research, I was convinced that Queen Mary was the only institution being able to offer me the distinctive specialisation I was looking for.
Now studying at Queen Mary, I highly benefit from the resources and exceptional learning environment it has to offer.
From broader modules like Medical Jurisprudence to those more-in-depth like Advanced Medical Negligence, the excellent teaching staff continuously extend my knowledge regarding the responsibilities of those providing and receiving health care from an academic as well as practical point of view.
I am convinced that my studies will leave me with an advanced and thorough understanding of the key issues and current trends in medical law, which will subsequently help me to achieve my goal of supporting the development of health law while working in an international environment.
Nina Chohan, Canada
LLM in Medical Law 2012-13
Prior to embarking in my career in law I had completed a Bachelors of Science in Canada and was working as a Registered Nurse. Nursing was an extremely rewarding profession, however, I always felt as though there was more that I could do to give back to society and make a positive contribution.
Thus, I decided to pursue my LLB (Hons.) from the University of Birmingham. Upon completing my LLB my thirst for knowledge in the area of medical law had only grown. My desire to gain a more comprehensive and in depth understanding of medical law and the issues arising in healthcare prompted me to further my education and knowledge base by enrolling in Queen Mary’s LLM Medical Law programme.
The experience at Queen Mary has been more rewarding than what I could have imagined. The options of modules available for students to choose from are vast and taught by experienced lecturers. The teaching staff are unbelievably supportive and readily available to assist students when and wherever they can. My classmates all had various educational backgrounds, making class discussions engaging and stimulating.
After enjoying such a rewarding LLM experience at Queen Mary I now plan on staying with the university to pursue a PhD in Medical Law.
I am grateful beyond words for my experience at Queen Mary and would wholeheartedly recommend the LLM Medical Law programme to aspiring medical law students.
Yeo Sam Jay, Singapore
LLM in Medical Law 2011-12
Prior to studying law, I worked as an English Language teacher in Singapore and other parts of Asia. Upon completing the LLB course with the University of London International Programmes, I decided against practice and continued in academia, lecturing primarily in subjects such as Family Law and Common Law Reasoning and Institutions. A desire for deeper knowledge and passion for my job led me to embark on the LLM (Medical Law) course at Queen Mary; whose reputation and holistic excellence require no further elaboration.
The entire experience may be described as one that is both inspirational and liberating. There was so much to explore, so much to discover, making it a truly exhilarating journey for me. The teaching faculty exceeded expectations, in particular Professor Richard Ashcroft who may be described as a ‘star’ in the department. It was a rare opportunity for students to have come under the tutorage of an educator of his time, one who was both creative and meticulous in his lesson delivery.
I have no doubt that this course has benefitted me in more ways than one. The skills I have acquired will go towards inspiring my own students back in Singapore or at the Hongkong Polytechnic University, where I am also a visiting lecturer. Queen Mary School of Law has fuelled my insatiable quest for legal knowledge and allowed me to immerse in vast literature. The accessibility and vibrancy of London makes it a fascinating and conducive place for study. I recommend this experience wholeheartedly to other aspiring legal minds!
Diana Carolina Rivera Drago, Colombia
LLM Medical Law 2009-2010
"I graduated from the Law School of the Externado University of Colombia in Bogota in 2006. Between 2006 and 2007 I worked as a lawyer in Colombia in both the private and public sector.
In 2008 I came to London to work and improve my English and in 2009 I received an Externado University’s scholarship to study an LLM at Queen Mary, University of London. I am doing my LLM in Medical Law.
One of the classes I am attending is ‘Consent in Contemporary Medicine’ taught at Queen Mary. It is an absolutely interesting and innovative course with excellent material and great interactive lectures and debate. During the course we have seen very controversial subjects (as the right to decide about our own body, the right of autonomous decision making in reproduction, etc.), which are fundamental aspects in every individual’s life.
It is important to mention that all the other lectures are fascinating, the professors are very supportive and stimulating and that it is fantastic to have doctors, nurses and even philosophers as classmates. I am having a wonderful academic experience which I absolutely recommend.”
Linda Strazdina, Latvia
LLM in Medical Law 2008-2009
"I completed my legal education (LLM and LLB) in 2008 in Latvia. However, before I started my professional career I decided to study something different.
During my basic law studies my interest in medical law was growing as I have written a couple of course papers relating to patient’s rights. While working in a non-governmental organisation – the Latvian Patients’ Rights Office - as a volunteer lawyer-consultant, I realized that my knowledge in this field of law was just basic. Health law is new field of law and covers a lot of interesting and still unresolved issues. Therefore, I decided to broaden my knowledge in medical law in the UK.
As I was awarded the LLM scholarship, this gave me a wonderful opportunity to specifically study medical law.
I do not regret any hour spending time in the School of Law and going in depth into different aspects of consent, medical aspects of intellectual property and medical negligence. Being in London and in this University, I expanded my vision of law and it gave me a possibility to look to medico-legal issues from different angles. I was impressed by Professor Rachael Mulheron in Advanced Medical Negligence. She is so brilliant and a guru in her field; that inspires me to conduct further research into medical negligence. The University offers an excellent environment and library resources for its Master students. In addition, all the academics are professional in their field. That ensures a first class education. Therefore, I would recommend the School of Law to everybody who wants to continue their studies in law."
Chris Moller, UK
LLM in Medical Law 2008-2009
"My background is in criminal, mental health and human rights law. As a barrister I represent people detained in psychiatric institutions at Mental Health Tribunals. Issues of consent and autonomy are fundamental.
The LLM in Medical Law provides an opportunity to consider medical ethics in a wider context. Studying at Queen Mary, University of London is an inspiration. Seminars are well-structured, interactive and always fascinating. Written materials are excellent. All the lecturers are first rate.
Professional and cultural diversity contribute to the freshness of discussions with other students.
Currently my time is split between representing clients at hearings and reading for my degree. Juggling various deadlines is usually not a problem as the timetable is fixed early. t has been good to use knowledge gained on the LLM in my paid work.
After completing the LLM in Medical Law my intention is to develop a practice in medical and regulatory law. Everything I’m learning will be of use in my future career: facts, ideas and research skills. QMUL is an exciting place to study with great facilities and people."
LLM in Medical Law students chosen to write for BioNews
11 March 2014
Professor Richard Ashcroft comments on smoking and mental illness
12 February 2014