LLM Health, Law and Society
At a critical time in history, our LLM in Health, Law and Society presents an exciting opportunity for you to develop a deep understanding of the relationships between law, governance and health across society and governmental sectors. There is a growing demand for lawyers with the knowledge and skills to approach some of the greatest challenges for law and policy as mechanisms to address health and wellbeing.
The LLM in Health, Law, and Society has been well received as a distinctive course that goes far beyond traditional courses in healthcare law. It offers an in-depth, intensive study of wide-ranging issues from health inequalities and regulation of the body to reproductive justice and mental health and wellbeing. It also explores the diverse roles social and political institutions and emerging technologies, such as healthtech, can play.
Choosing this LLM means you will be challenged and inspired by world-leading academics dedicated to progressive and innovative thinking in health law and governance - with those teaching the course belonging to the Law School's Centre for Health, Law, and Society. The intellectually demanding, research-rich curriculum will allow you to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills and be empowered to pursue top-flight careers in a variety of fields.
This course has particular appeal for those looking to work in areas such as healthcare regulation, with NGOs and other agencies, or in legal/policy research. Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol Law School.
We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts. The LLM in Health, Law and Society provides an exciting range of units that reflect the expertise of our globally-renowned academics and an opportunity to further specialise your degree.
You will take four units (120 credit points overall, 30 credit points each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points). You will take units in Health Inequalities, Law and Society and Law, Governance, and Health, and at least one optional unit linked to the Health, Law and Society programme. You may also take a further Health Law unit or one chosen from the LLM programmes more widely (not all units from the wider LLM programme are available to non-Law graduates).
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our LLM in Health, Law and Society.
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Law or a related discipline (such as History, Philosophy, Politics or Policy Studies). Degrees in Health Care or Health Sciences (such as Medicine and Nursing) and related streams will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.
We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:
- evidence of significant, relevant work experience;
- a relevant postgraduate qualification.
If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £13,700 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,850 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £26,700 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2024/25
Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages. This includes information about the Law School's Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
Graduating from Bristol will open doors for careers in a variety of sectors. Suitable for graduates in law, medical and related streams, this LLM will help:
- develop and deepen understanding of health, law, and society,
- build transferable skills,
- provide a springboard into a diverse range of careers,
- boost the prospects for those already working in related fields,
- provide a solid first step towards a research career.
Please visit our careers and employability webpage for more information about the additional opportunities we provide.