Course overview

  • Develop your knowledge of medical law, and how medical law is shaped by ethical arguments and concerns.
  • Take a course that is both flexible and interdisciplinary, and comes with a solid legal component.
  • Apply bioethical and legal theory to real-world scenarios.

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 Law (LLM)


CODE U12012

How long it takes:

1 year (full-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 of 15 or 30 credit value);
  • and an independent research element worth 60 credits. This will be a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation, which is undertaken over the summer months of the course. The dissertation should be predominantly law-based.

On the full time course, the 120 taught credits can be split in one of two ways:

  • 60 credits in each of the two semesters;
  • or 75 credits in semester one and 45 credits in semester two.

If you are registered on the LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law course, you would need to select a majority of your optional course units from the law list (Mental Health Law and Policy; Medicine, Law and Society; Children, Medicine and the Law). Global Health Law and Bioethics can count as an ethics or law course.


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 CSEP60201 30 Mandatory
Medico-Legal Problems CSEP60211 30 Mandatory
Mental Health Law and Policy CSEP60102 15 Optional
Ethics & Genetics and Genomics CSEP60192 15 Optional
Global Health Law and Bioethics CSEP60222 15 Optional
Research Ethics CSEP60312 15 Optional
Medicine, Law and Society CSEP60962 15 Optional
Children, Medicine and the Law CSEP60972 15 Optional

Academic entry qualification overview

The LLM applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in law or in a relevant subject. Those applicants who do not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry onto our LLM course may wish to be considered for entry onto the Postgraduate Diploma course.

In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course.

Candidates without a first degree may register initially for the Postgraduate Diploma and be considered for transfer to the LLM. A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for all taught components are available. Transfer is dependent upon the student reaching Master’s level in the taught modules.


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.

  • LLM (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • LLM (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,500
  • 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 are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the 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.