University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Healthcare Ethics and Law

This programme aims to provide the highest quality training in healthcare ethics and health law. Students will gain an expert knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts. You will cover a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia. Although no attendance at the University is required for this programme, we do encourage all students to attend Study Days that are held each year, as a way of meeting both staff and fellow students involved in the programme. Students are also encouraged to participate in online discussion groups. Students are also provided with one-to-one tutorial support from staff at the Centre via email, telephone or on campus throughout the programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum upper second Class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, law, philosophy, nursing, religious studies). In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course. Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications: IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories; TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories; Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C; Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

Course modules

Modules include: Philosophical bioethics; medico-legal problems; research ethics; ethics and genetics; mental health law and policy; medicine, law and society.

Assessment methods

Assessment requires students to submit an essay of 4,000 words (for course units to the value of 15 credits) or 7,000 words (for course units to the value of 30 credits). MA students are also required to submit a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words on a subject of their choice.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning - 24 months

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School of Law - Admissions
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