Course overview

  • 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.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Course Level:

Master of Laws (LLM)


CODE 12013

How long it takes:

2 years (part-time)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Entry requirements

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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.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
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.

English language

  • 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.

Career opportunities

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.