LLM Law - Health, Law and Society

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available LLM
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This distinctive LLM programme examines how to approach some of the greatest challenges and opportunities for law and policy as mechanisms to address health and wellbeing. It looks at questions including health (and wider social) inequalities, regulation of the body, reproductive justice, social and mental health and wellbeing, and the diverse roles of social and political institutions and emerging technologies (healthtech) in shaping health, law and society. Units on the programme approach these through multiple methods of critical engagement and contextual understanding. As well more doctrinal understanding of law and governance, these include analysis from critical, economic, ethical, gender, historical, philosophical, political, and regulatory perspectives.

The Health, Law, and Society LLM therefore goes beyond traditional courses on healthcare law to look at the relationships between law, governance, and health across society and governmental sectors. Students enjoy the opportunity to study wide-ranging questions concerning the impacts of law, regulation, policy and practice on health and wellbeing.

The attraction and advantage of studying for this LLM lies in both its subject coverage and the range of transferable skills it promotes. It would be of benefit in many different practical settings and careers. It is suitable for anyone working or planning a career in policy, healthcare management, health regulation (including at local authority level), healthcare and social care provision, legal practice, public health, advocacy, NGOs, special interest groups or legal/policy research.

You will be taught by academics who combine internationally recognised research profiles with wide experience within organisations responsible for policy advice and development, professional regulation, public engagement and understanding, and social advocacy. The programme includes core teaching in health law and governance, along with specialist units. Please visit our research centre web page for more information.

We have a large and vibrant international community and our LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-renowned experts.

For further information about the Law School, visit our 'Why Bristol Law School?' web page, which includes short videos.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£10,400
UK: part-time (two years)
£5,200
Overseas (including EU): full-time
£19,900
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£10,400

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22

Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding web pages

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will take four taught units (30 credit points each, 120 credit points overall) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points). The programme comprises two compulsory core health law units, an optional specialist health law unit and an open choice for your fourth LLM unit.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our LLM in Health, Law and Society.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent professional experience) in disciplines associated with the focus of the programme. A degree in law is not a prerequisite.

Applicants intercalating from professional medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences programmes must have successfully completed year three to be eligible for this programme. Graduates of these professional clinical programmes are also eligible.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This programme will develop your specialist knowledge and understanding and transferable skills. Its content and approach to teaching and assessment supports diverse career paths in healthcare practice and management, health policy and regulation, healthcare provision, legal practice, public health practice, social advocacy (for example, in pressure groups or NGOs) and legal/policy research.

The LLM can be a starting point for careers in these fields, while also providing an appropriate programme of study for people already working in these areas.

This programme would be of interest to recent graduates in law, policy, politics and cognate fields, and of interest to anyone aiming to pursue a career in research.

Please visit our Careers and Employability and Student Society web pages for more information about the support and opportunities we provide during your studies.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 July 2021. Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadline.

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Contact details

Mrs Stephanie Dimberline Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 0062/61 Email: law-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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REF 2014 results

  • Law:
  • 41% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 14% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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