Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Medical Ethics and Law

This programme gives students the opportunity to engage with core theories, concepts, issues and debates in medical ethics and medical law. During the programme students will have the opportunity to study the ethical and legal issues that arise when providing medical treatment to people at different stages of their life, including children and those at the end of life, the ethical and legal dimensions of introducing innovatory treatments and techniques, and ethical and legal issues that arise in the context of policies to promote and protect public health.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Law or a related subject area. Applicants without a relevant degree but who have considerable professional experience in health care are also welcome to apply. Non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Ethical and legal issues at the end of life; health care ethics and law in relation to families and children; medicine and innovation: ethical and legal issues; methods in law and ethics; principles for medical ethics and law; public health, justice and prioritisation in health care.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments and the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

PG Centre
Telephone number: 
02890 972585