Medical law and ethics is taught in Edinburgh Law School at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including a vibrant PhD programme. Medical Law and Ethics is one of the strongest fields in Edinburgh Law School for doctoral study with over 25 doctoral graduates in the area. Supervisors have expertise across a wide range of topics including interdisciplinary areas (e.g. medical sociology, medical anthropology and science & technology studies). The Mason Institute is attached to several high profile university centres such as the Centre for Law and Society, the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, the Usher Institute, the Innogen Institute, the Global Justice Academy and the Global Health Academy.

Our masters programmes – LLM (medical law and ethics) – are offered both on-campus and by distance learning. These attract an ever-expanding range of candidates from diverse disciplines including law, bioethics, medicine, life sciences, nursing, dentistry, Pharma, and the medico-legal regulatory sectors. Our programmes aim to put our LLM candidates at the leading edge of issues affecting medical law and ethics. More information on our programmes can be found here.

For our PhD programme, staff welcome doctoral applications particularly in the following areas: health research regulation, global health justice, privacy and confidentiality, health research commercialisation, medical negligence and medical product liability, new health technologies, theoretical and applied bioethics, health equity and distributive, arts humanities and bioethics, and gender and reproductive health.


Postgraduate Programmes

LLM Medical Law and Ethics (On Campus)

LLM Medical Law and Ethics (Online Distance Learning)


Online CPD Courses

Law and Medical Ethics