|Degree:||Master of Laws (LLM)|
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas.
COVID-19 has affected all of us. The legal issues it raises are also acute. For example, how far should individual liberties be curtailed in order to protect public health? To what extent should legal standards and regulatory controls be relaxed in the context of pandemic? How do we fairly allocate resources if it is impossible to offer the best available to treatment to all? How should states regulate on the basis of scientific advice in a context of scientific uncertainty?
It is only possible to respond to these questions on the basis of a detailed understanding of health law, understood within its rich political, ethical and cultural contexts.
The Kent Law and Health LLM pathway offers an exciting and innovative exploration of issues at the heart of health law. Informed by world-leading research, it will enable you to understand the broad legal and ethical and principles at play, to explore the political, social and institutional contexts that impact the regulation of health, and to analyse the complex interrelationships between health, law and regulation. This year, a sustained focus on the issues raised by responding to COVID-19 will offer a jumping off point for broader study.
The pandemic has also shown that it impossible to understand health law and policy in isolation from broader contexts of globalised, intergenerational, racialised and other inequalities. Kent Law School is a pioneer of critical, contextual approaches to the study of law, with a central focus on social justice remaining pervasive throughout our programmes. Consideration of law in its broader social, political and international contexts, and the impact of intersecting axes of discrimination, are at the heart of this pathway.
This pathway is equally suitable for people with a background in law, medicine and allied disciplines, or an alternative discipline but with a strong interest in understanding the role and scope of health law in contemporary domestic and global society. The pathway offers an opportunity for further career development for those already working in these fields, or preparation for those interested in pursuing a career in the legal, health, public, government and voluntary sectors.
Studying for a Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent means having the certainty of gaining an LLM in a specialist area of Law. The Kent LLM gives you the freedom to leave your choice of pathway open until after you arrive, with your pathway being determined by the modules you choose.
Kent Law School (KLS) is the UK's leading critical law school. A cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, it offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.
In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. This approach allows students to fully understand the law. Our critical approach not only makes the study of law more interesting, it helps to develop crucial skills and abilities required for a career in legal practice.
The Law School offers its flagship Kent LLM at the University’s Canterbury campus (and two defined LLM programmes at the University’s Brussels campus). The KLS programmes enable you to gain expertise in a wide range of international and domestic subjects and to develop advanced, transferable research, writing and oral communication skills. All of our LLM and Diploma programmes allow you to broaden and deepen your understanding and knowledge of law.
Our programmes attract excellent law graduates from around the world and are also open to non-law graduates with an appropriate academic or professional background who wish to develop an advanced understanding of law in their field. You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff. KLS uses critical research-led teaching throughout our programmes to ensure that you benefit from the Law School’s world-class research.
The fees for the Canterbury-only delivery of this programme are the same as those for the standard LLM programme. However, fees for our split-site option (which is taught in Canterbury and Brussels) are charged at a different rate. Please refer here for the current fees for the split-site 90 ECTS option.