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LLM in Bioethics and Medical Law
This scheme will offer an excellent postgraduate programme to all with an interest in issues to do with bioethics and medical law, including intercalating medical students and others with a first degree or relevant professional qualification and work experience. It will introduce them to the fundamental analytic skills of moral philosophy and law, the principal ethical and legal issues arising within medical research and practice, and an appreciation of the major approaches - ethical and legal - to the resolution of the relevant problems. These problems will include: the regulation of artificial reproduction; life and death decision-making particularly in respect of seriously ill neonates and terminally ill patients; the obtaining of informed consent to medical procedures and to clinical research; the appropriate use of genetic testing; and, the fair distribution of health care resources.
The programme will be taught by both the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and the Law School, and be constructed to permit students to graduate with either an MA or an LLM. This will be achieved by giving students the option to write either a law based essay or one based on philosophy/ethics for each optional module and similarly for the dissertation. The final award will be determined depending on whether the majority of the marks are for law or philosophy.
Students are required to take both of the designated Core Course Modules, depending on their previous studies or knowledge. They must take five course modules in all, plus a dissertation.
The course modules offered within this programme are listed below. In addition, students may take one (or with permission of the Director of Postgraduate Studies, two) modules, from among those offered within the Law Department's graduate programme, or any Master's modules of comparable weight offered in the Social Science Faculty or the University as a whole. However, for the LLM degree, a minimum of 100 credit weighting must be in law.
For further details on modules please visit the Department of Philsophy, Politics and Religion (PPR) website.
There are two routes into this programme, one for graduates and one for intercalating medical students. The programme will admit British and international applicants who normally hold at least an upper second class degree from an approved university or have equivalent status. Relevant degree subjects for the programme include law, philosophy or other cognate subjects, or, for intercalating medical students, successful completion of years 1-3 of their medical degree courses.
Candidates holding other academic qualifications including relevant professional qualifications may also be considered for admission subject to interview and provided that they have substantial relevant professional experience. Individual exceptions may be considered in the normal admission process.
For applicants for whom English is not a first language, the University requires either a British Council IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 600 or above, GCSE grade C or above, or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C or above.
The Aga Khan Foundation offers a limited number of MA scholarships for students from developing countries. Applications close on 31 March.
For full details of the course's, rules and regulations, please see the Law School's Prospectus.
For further details:
Please contact Eileen Jones
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