St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Bioethics and Medical Law

By the end of the programme of study, students should have: knowledge and understanding of key issues, ethical principles, and contemporary schools of bioethics; an ability to engage in reflective philosophical analysis and in particular a developed philosophical understanding of the human person; knowledge of key concepts and cases of medical law; an ability to evaluate and relate medical, philosophical, theological, moral and legal aspects of bioethical questions; an ability to critically analyse a diversity of primary and secondary sources; an awareness of concrete implications of ethical dilemmas and of the importance of establishing careful, cooperative and morally serious approaches to their resolution; an ability to complete a substantial piece of research in bioethics, broadly understood.

Entry requirements

Students are normally required to have a 2.1 degree from a UK university or equivalent, in a relevant subject at Honours level, or a professional qualification in teaching, medicine or law. Medical students can also take the full-time MA programme as an intercalated option during their studies usually in their 3rd or 4th year of training. Students without such qualifications may be admitted provided that they can satisfy the Programme Director that they have sufficient experience of and aptitude for academic study for Master's level. Such applicants will be required to provide a portfolio of suitable work and experience.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: human beings and human action; bioethics and medical law; research methods and dissertation. Optional modules: ethical issues at the beginning of life; ethical issues at the end of life; patients, professionals and society; religious bioethics.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by online discussion, critiques of academic papers, essays and, in the case of medical law, by an unseen written examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Variable September 2016 GBP 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Variable September 2016 GBP 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Variable September 2016 GBP 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Variable September 2016 GBP 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St Mary's University, Twickenham Richmond upon Thames TW1 4SX South East

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