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The University of Edinburgh: Medical Law and Ethics

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh Law School View department profile
Web www.law.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate
Study type Taught

Summary

Individual and population health is a matter of growing social concern. Achieving good health and delivering effective healthcare demands scientific, medical and policy innovation. A variety of fields have a role to play, including law and ethics.

As a student on this programme you will examine topics that reflect some of the main contemporary legal and ethical challenges faced by those working in healthcare and health research, and place them in their social and historical context. These include issues that arise in the context of genetics, assisted reproduction, abortion, standards of medical treatment, transplantation medicine, mental health, advance decisions, assisted suicide, health research, and the allocation of scarce resources.

We offer you the opportunity to study the fundamentals of medical law and ethics, both international and domestic, at an advanced level, and the opportunity to take more specialised courses on issues of contemporary significance, encouraging and supporting the development of research skills necessary for a career in medical law or ethics.

The legal and ethical experts who deliver this programme come from a wide range of disciplines from across the University, and they benefit from a close association with the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law.

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From its location at the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh has been providing outstanding educational opportunities for over 400 years. 

The Law School

Established in 1707, and situated in the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh's Law School has been at the heart of legal research and education for more than 300 years.

By studying at Edinburgh Law School, you’ll join a vibrant, active community of world-leading researchers, legal professionals and students at all stages of their education. 

Why Edinburgh?

  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 22nd in the world (QS World University 2024) …
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