University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence

Research areas include classical and contemporary issues: Abortion; euthanasia; resource allocation in health care; public health activities; life-style regulation; assisted reproduction; gene therapy; genetic testing; human enhancements; cloning; stem cell research; the doctor-patient relationship; professional responsibility; and the legal and ethical status of living; dead, and unborn bodies; as well as central principles and doctrines like: autonomy; rights; sanctity of life; justice; utility; self-determination; dignity; solidarity; precaution; self-governance; and the role of society and community in medicine and health care; all of these are approached in an analytical and structured way, combining the methodological strengths of medical law and philosophical ethics.

Entry requirements

A UK 1st Class or 2.1 Honours bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and either a Master's degree in ethics, law, or a cognate discipline or at least 3 years of validated professional experience in a relevant field; IELTS 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 7, or TOEFL 625 paper-based, or TOEFL 106 internet-based (with a minimum score of 5 in the test for written English), or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English grade C.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by written work reports, articles, and the doctoral thesis.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,828 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
PhD Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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