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The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical 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.

Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law with an interdisciplinary approach
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical 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.

Aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Ethics and Law course aims to
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law with an interdisciplinary approach
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's extensive on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide additional support by face to face, telephone, skype and e-mail. In addition you will have access to a range of on-line resources to support your learning via the library website. An optional study day is held each year providing students with the opportunity to meet with tutors and fellow students on campus. Distance learning students are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that are help on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics allows you to gain knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories, in a virtual learning environment, without the need to complete a full master's course. Read more
The distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics allows you to gain knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories, in a virtual learning environment, without the need to complete a full master's course.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory which caters to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

Aims

The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics aims to:
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and/or legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide one to one support by telephone, skype, e-mail and face to face meetings. You will have access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning via the library website. An optional study day is held each year giving students an opportunity to meet tutors and colleagues face to face on campus. Students studying by distance learning are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that take place on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the 30 credit core course unit.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both medical, legal and ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The LL.M in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The LL.M in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will study 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.

Aims

The LL.M in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and health care law with an interdisciplinary approach;
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts
-Develop ethical and medico legal knowledge and research skills for the writing of a Masters-level dissertation

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's extensive on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide one to one support by face to face meeting, telephone, skype and e-mail. In addition to this you will have access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning via the library website.

An optional study day is held each year giving students an opportunity to meet with tutors and colleagues on campus. Students studying by distance learning are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that take place on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

In addition, LL.M students must submit a supervised 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits). As a part-time student, you will undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that you can also extend your registration for extra 3 months to submit a dissertation in December of your second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those students who do not achieve success in the LL.M may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. The award of the LL.M is classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics course allows you to gain knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories without the need to complete a full master's course. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics course allows you to gain knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories without the need to complete a full master's course.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory which caters to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

Aims

The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics course aims to:
-Provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics
-Provide an emphasis on the application of moral theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and/or legal professionals
-Offer students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge and firm understanding of ethical theories
-Offer students the opportunity to gain the skills needed to apply theory to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the 30 credit core course unit.

Course unit details

On this certificate you are required to successfully complete 60 credits of course units.

The optional 15 credits course units on offer each year may vary due to staff availability.

Those studying the campus-based certificate will complete the 30 credit core unit in Philosophical Bioethics in Semester 1 and Research Ethics and Ethics and Genetics modules in semester 2, on the full-time basis.

Those studying the distance learning certificate are normally expected to complete the 30 credit core unit in Philosophical Bioethics and the 15 credits module in Ethics and Genetics in Year 1 and Research Ethics in Year 2.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both medical, legal and ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law aims to provide the highest quality of training in healthcare ethics and healthcare law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way.

There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of healthcare and legal professionals and those in related fields.

You will study 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.

Aims

This course will allow you develop an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will also develop the ethical and medico-legal knowledge and research skills required for writing a master's level dissertation, and will be well prepared for further research if you so desire.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit core course units. In addition, students who wish to complete the LLM must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits); no dissertation is required for the PGDip or PGCert. Part-time students undertake a supervised dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those who do not successfully complete the MA you may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Those who do not successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.

The awards of the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded unclassified.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both Medical, Legal and Ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in Medico-Legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of health care professionals.

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The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts. They will also develop the ethical and medico-legal knowledge and research skills required for writing a Masters-level dissertation, and will be well prepared for further research if they so desire.

You study 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.

Teaching and learning

Teaching tends to defy the traditional boundaries associated with lectures and seminars. Generally, each class in a course unit has a duration of 2 hours, and is split roughly equally between a formal, didactic period and a structured discussion period (most often based on the so-called challenge-response model). Nevertheless, each class is considered a seminar or lecture, and attendance of all classes of a course unit for which a student is enrolled is thus compulsory . For course units of 15 credit value there will generally be 15 hours of face-to-face teaching throughout the semester in which the unit is delivered, and twice that amount for 30 credit units.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment of all taught course units (to a total of 120 credits) is by assessed coursework in the form of essays of 4,000 words per 15 credit course unit and up to 7,000 words for the two 30 credit core course units. In addition, students who wish to complete the MA must submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits); no dissertation is required for the PGDip or PGCert. Part-time students undertake a supervised dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that the part-time students can extend their registration for extra 3 months to submit their dissertations in December of their second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those who do not successfully complete the MA you may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Those who do not successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.
The awards of the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction. The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded unclassified.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in both medical, legal and ethical fields. Graduates from previous years have, for example, proceeded to specialise in medico-legal practice and academic careers, and the degrees have enhanced the careers of healthcare professionals.

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The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. Read more
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law course aims to provide the highest quality of training in health care ethics and health care law in a flexible and interdisciplinary way. There is an emphasis on the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, thus catering to the practical needs of health care and legal professionals and those in related fields. Students gain an expert knowledge and understanding of bioethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts.

You will study 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.

Teaching and learning

Students are provided with a comprehensive set of course materials at the beginning of each module. These interactive specially designed materials provide an introduction to the issues and skills central to each module and direct you to other study components such as further reading.

Each module is supported by a virtual learning environment where students can access all course materials, on-line reading lists, podcasts, and the University's on-line library. Students are encouraged to use the VLE to discuss issues raised in the course materials with their course tutor and fellow students. Tutors are also available to provide one to one support by telephone, skype, e-mail and face to face meetings. You will have access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning via the library website. An optional study day is held each year giving students an opportunity to meet tutors and colleagues face to face on campus. Students studying by distance learning are welcome to attend the regular research seminars that take place on campus during term time.

Coursework and assessment

At the end of each of the course units for our distance learning courses, you are required 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). In addition, MA students must submit a supervised 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation by independent research (60 credits). As a part-time student, you will undertake a dissertation in the summer months of year two. Please note that you can also extend your registration for extra 3 months to submit a dissertation in December of your second year, instead of September (you will be advised of the exact date on the second year of the course).

Those students who do not achieve success in the MA may be considered for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. The award of the MA is classified according to Pass/Merit/Distinction.

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The MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law is designed to complement your degree by enabling you to study in depth the moral and legal issues that you possibly already face as a medical student, and will certainly be a factor of your future career. Read more
The MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law is designed to complement your degree by enabling you to study in depth the moral and legal issues that you possibly already face as a medical student, and will certainly be a factor of your future career.

This course emphasises the application of bioethical and legal theory to real world scenarios, allowing you to gain expert knowledge and the skills needed to apply it in a diverse range of contexts.

You will, through carefully-designed lectures, discussions, and papers from visiting speakers, be introduced to the full range of ethico-legal controversies as they apply to medicine, and be encouraged to use the conceptual tools you will acquire to formulate solutions to those controversies and contribute to ongoing debates.

Aims

By the end of this course you will be able to apply the concepts you have learned to real-world situations, both familiar and unforeseen; be able to identify the ethically and legally problematic aspects of practice; and be able to suggest ways to minimise, solve, or avoid those problems. You will also, through the dissertation element of the course, have refined the ability to make and sustain a prolonged and sophisticated argument on a topic of interest.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will be mainly by means of interactive lecture. Each module will be taught in 2-hour teaching blocks; these are run as a hybrid of traditional lecture and discussion. Students will be encouraged to play an active role in these lectures. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to attend weekly papers on current research and developments in the field given by either members of staff or a visiting speaker.

Students will be expected to complete 6 taught modules and a dissertation. All taught modules are to be assessed by an essay of 4,000 words (for course units to the value of 15 credits) or assignments totalling 7,000 words (for course units to the value of 30 credits); the dissertation will be of 12,000-15000 words. This dissertation will represent a major piece of independent research and students will be able during semester 2 to present their own papers to the rest of their cohort based on their dissertation as it progresses.

Coursework and assessment

All taught modules will be assessed by written coursework , which allows for extended argument and analysis. Some semester one modules require two pieces of work; for these, the deadlines will be in November and January. The deadline for semester one courses assessed by one piece of coursework will be January. The semester 2 deadline will be in May/June. Assessment by coursework alone will allow for extended analysis and argument.

The dissertation will be submitted in August (just prior to resuming your medical studies).

Career opportunities

By studying ethics and law you can expect to find yourself better equipped to solve ethico-legal dilemmas that you will meet on the ward or - more importantly, perhaps - simply to spot them.

Increasingly, too, medical researchers have to demonstrate compliance with certain ethical demands, and so an intercalated degree in ethics and law will be useful when it comes to planning research. Finally, studying with us should reflect interests and concerns that most people have anyway, whether they know it or not. On completion of the course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of medical ethics and medical law and a full conceptual toolkit that can be applied to both disciplines.

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This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. Read more
This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

You’ll learn about ethical issues in medicine and healthcare practice, but you’ll also be able to specialise in areas that interest you or suit your career aspirations. You’ll study topics such as ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, autonomy and psychiatry and fair allocation of medical resources.

We’re constantly developing the course and consulting with professionals working in the field, so our courses are informed by the most recent developments in practice. But you’ll be taught by active researchers with expertise in teaching ethics across medical disciplines, giving you the chance to engage with the latest academic arguments and debates.

If you don’t have a degree, you can apply for this programme and then upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.

The programme is designed for people who’ve never studied ethics or medical ethics, although we do also have applicants who have studied philosophy before. If you’re interested in thinking about key ethical issues in a reasoned and independent way, you’ll be able to explore big questions in the biomedical and healthcare spheres with the support of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA).
This course is also available to study part-time and/or online.

Course Content

This programme is similar to the MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics, except that you don’t undertake a dissertation.

In Semester 1 you’ll develop your understanding of key concepts and approaches in the study of ethics, as well as how it applies to the biomedical and healthcare fields. You’ll study developments and debates in healthcare ethics and the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following semester and apply it to the professional context, considering issues like the carer/patient relationship, consent and the role of the conscience in professional practice. You’ll also explore questions surrounding the distribution of scarce medical resources and compulsion or coercion in cases of mental illness.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll take fewer modules each year and study over a longer period.

Learning and Teaching

Taught modules are structured around weekly group seminars led by one of our tutors. Overall, each taught module normally involves about four hours per week of contact time. In some modules you may also take part in group project work. However, independent study is also a vital element of this degree, allowing you to improve your research and analytical skills and gain more varied perspectives on key issues.

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This new MRes has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop your research skills in applied medical ethics. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD research. Read more
This new MRes has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop your research skills in applied medical ethics. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD research.

You will begin in the first semester with intensive research methods training which will allow you to develop your skills under the supervision of expert tutors. You’ll gain a range of skills and valuable experience for a career in academic or professional research.

You will then spend the remainder of the year writing an extended dissertation in which you can examine in depth an area of particular interest to you within the rich field of medical ethics, with the support of a research supervisor.

You will meet with your research supervisor on campus in Leeds on a regular basis. If you are unable to come to Leeds the MRes is also available as an online programme.

As an MRes student you will have the opportunity to audit any relevant modules from our taught MA Biomedical & Health Care Ethics.

The Masters by research is made up of a 30-credit taught Research Methods module and a 150-credit dissertation.

Research Methods

Delivered online, this module will provide you with training in core skills and a variety of key research methodologies for undertaking high quality research in medical ethics. It also addresses methodological issues raised in the conduct of inter-disciplinary research. It will equip you to undertake a longer independent supervised dissertation on an aspect of ethics of your choice.

During the module we will cover research skills, including identifying a suitable topic for research, bibliography and referencing. We will also explore a range of methodological approaches to the discipline of ethics.

Dissertation

You will produce an independent piece of work analysing in detail an aspect of medical ethics. The work will enable you to exhibit both some awareness of detail of theoretical ethical considerations and to indicate their application to issues in medical ethics, where relevant making use of your experience in the context of professional life in medicine and healthcare. You will be supported through the process by a research supervisor.

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Whether you are interested in learning more about the legal and ethical aspects of your job, recognise the impact a qualification with a legal and ethical basis can have on prospects of promotion, or simply have an interest in healthcare law, this programme is for you. Read more
Whether you are interested in learning more about the legal and ethical aspects of your job, recognise the impact a qualification with a legal and ethical basis can have on prospects of promotion, or simply have an interest in healthcare law, this programme is for you.

Why study Healthcare Law and Ethics at Dundee?

Healthcare Law and Ethics is concerned with how the law regulates certain aspects of healthcare practice, why it does so, and whether it does so effectively, and in accordance with ethical principles.

The programme has been devised to accommodate busy healthcare professionals. Unlike other programmes, this one is not open to law graduates, but has been designed specifically for those whose first degree is in a healthcare subject such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, etc.

The programme aims to give you an understanding and appreciation of law and ethics as they apply to professional practice. It will help you understand legal and ethical concepts, terminology and sources of law.

It is offered on a part-time, modular basis with the emphasis being on Distance Learning. This flexibility allows you to study at a time and place of your own choosing and at a pace that is comfortable for you.

"From the beginning of the programme, I was challenged. I was challenged to think, challenged to explore, and challenged to engage more deeply with concepts within the realms of law, ethics and health care that I hadn't previously reflected upon to the same degree. The organization of the course and the quality of the instructors greatly facilitated my understanding of concepts and encouraged me to engage in further readings so as to continue to expand my intellectual horizons."
Ahman B. Haji, graduate

What's great about Healthcare Law and Ethics at Dundee?

In the Times Good University Guide 2012 Dundee Law School was placed 7th in the United Kingdom law school rankings, and we were ranked 1st in Scotland in the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS).

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise Dundee Law School was one of only two law schools in the United Kingdom to achieve a 100% international standard classification, with half of our submissions being graded internationally excellent or world leading. Our commitment on is to provide high quality instruction, with a focus on matters of practical relevance, to prepare students for a successful legal career, whether at home or abroad.

Dundee Law School prides itself as being a friendly Law School where all members of staff are accessible and students are treated as individuals and valued members of our legal community.

Who should study this course?

This course is not for those with a law degree, but instead is suitable for graduates holding a medical or dental degree, or another health care subject (including nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy) with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience, or a minimum of 5 years' practice in a healthcare profession.

Careers

A qualification with a legal and ethical basis can improve your prospects of promotion in the field of healthcare.

We have close links with employers and we offer programmes to support and develop the employability of our students. Our good reputation throughout the profession and close links to employers help Dundee graduates find employment.

"Completion of all three years has certainly provided me with an excellent knowledge of the critical areas of medical law, such as negligence and consent, as well as more controversial and current issues. It has also taught me to critique and argue with facts (rather than simply recite them) in a cogent and succinct manner"

Douglas Hamilton, LLM 2009

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Developed by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, along with Warwick Medical School and National Health Service (NHS) partners from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and University Hospitals Birmingham,. Read more

"Ensure the delivery of consistent high quality person-centric care"

Developed by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, along with Warwick Medical School and National Health Service (NHS) partners from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and University Hospitals Birmingham,. This part-time MSc programme will provide a foundation for future health service management, with the essential knowledge to manage the integration of people, processes, systems and technologies to ensure the delivery of consistent high quality person-centric care.

Why Enrol?

As the service landscape around the delivery of care evolves, so will the jobs of those who oversee healthcare operational management. Managers in the sector will face unique challenges on the best ways to manage care while providing a diverse range of services. This will require a broad-based set of skills that can manage services successfully and efficiently while ensuring they are of the highest quality. An education in healthcare operational management will equip you with the skills required for working within key parts of the sector including direct healthcare providers, commissioner organisations, policy agencies, and industry.

This programme is tailored to suit the needs of both clinicians and non-clinicians, as they seek to understand demands on the organisation and identify key tasks and best practice in an evolving and complex service environment.

You may already lead teams and have managerial responsibilities in your current job, or you may be looking to develop a career in healthcare management. This course will enable you to effectively lead complex change within your organisation.

Who is it for?

- UK or overseas based professionals
- Clinicians wishing to develop a career in healthcare operational management
- Healthcare managers looking to build on their existing knowledge and skills
- Biomedical or Clinical Engineers, Medical Physicists, or Healthcare Technologists wishing to integrate health care technologies within complex service systems
- Graduates interested in careers as Managers, Directors and Healthcare Analysts within healthcare organizations
- Those pursuing a PhD or research career in e-Health, health or medical information

Modules

Core Modules

- Leading Change
- Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
- Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement

Elective Modules
You may select seven out of the following electives:

- e-Health Technologies and Informatics
- Use of Electronic Health Records
- Resource Management in Healthcare Service Delivery
- Patient Co-production in Healthcare Decision Making
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Health Economics
- Medical Ethics and Governance
- Evidence-based Healthcare
- Global Health Systems

Learning Outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills required by healthcare providers, commissioner organisations, policy agencies, and industry such as:

- A clear understanding of the strategies required to deliver services within an ever changing and evolving healthcare environment
- Tools to explore, develop, and implement necessary plans to deliver those strategies such as capacity, workforce, and quality
- The ability to understand and implement systems and processes that deliver improved effectiveness and efficiency of care
- Skills to manage complex workforce scenarios, service redesign, and evaluation of services
- The ability to engage with patients, their families, and carers to meet care expectations
- An understanding of ethics and regulatory affairs

“This MSc is a timely development to fill a widening skills gap. The role of operational management in healthcare has never been so complex. Colleagues need to juggle the immediate priorities of improving the quality of care for patients and maintain clinically appropriate waiting times against a backdrop of increasing demand and, in real terms, reduced resources. This MSc seeks to complement the generic skills gained through education or experience with the higher level skills required to succeed in one of the fastest moving industries in the world.”
Tim Jones
Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

“I am delighted to be a Director of the MSc in Healthcare Operational Management at WMG. As a senior clinician and medical manager, I recognise the need for training clinical and non-clinical staff in healthcare operational management. This MSc will provide an understanding of theoretical concepts and enable development of strategies to overcome the challenges we face in the NHS today”.
Professor Meghana Pandit. FRCOG, MBA
Chief Medical Officer & Deputy CEO, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

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The Law School at Staffordshire University is recognised as one of the best Law Schools in the country for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional awards. Read more
The Law School at Staffordshire University is recognised as one of the best Law Schools in the country for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional awards.

Our Common Professional Examination (CPE) is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board. Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) has received the highest possible SRA rating of ‘Commendable Practice’ in all areas. Our LLM awards are the acknowledged way to further legal expertise and hone research skills.

Choose to complete the LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics at the Staffordshire University Law School and you will be taught by renowned academics and benefit from the expertise that stems from our links with major legal practices.

World-class, our Law School is purpose built, well-equipped and offers modern lecture theatres, an excellent Law Library with a Learning Resources Centre, mock courtroom with video facilities, Legal Practice rooms and study rooms.

Flexible study
Understanding that you may need to balance study around work, our LLM programme offers considerable flexibility in terms of time, content and outcome.

You may attend to study the LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics full-time (one morning and afternoon each week) or part-time (one morning or afternoon each week).

As well as Law graduates, students with non-Law degrees and from non common Law jurisdictions may study on the LLM. Students may be credited for prior study.

What it's about
As medical science advances, the implications for all of us at the beginning and end of life are phenomenal. The legal framework surrounding treatment, the denial of treatment, medical malpractice and negligence, abortion and euthanasia raises fundamental ethical questions which necessitate an understanding of not only Law, but policy and philosophy. The role of the Law within healthcare is now greater than ever before and the LLM in Healthcare Law and Ethics offers a great opportunity to grasp the nettle, whether you are a lawyer, medical professional or potential academic.

What you do
For a general LLM award, you may offer the required credits from any combination of modules available within the programme. The 15-credit single module Legal Research Methodology is compulsory if you do not have postgraduate research training. It is also a good introductory module if you are returning to study after a gap.

In addition, if you have graduated in a subject other than Law, or are a Law graduate from a non common-Law jurisdiction, you will normally be required to take part, or all, of the single module. For the award of LLM, where a dissertation is required, that dissertation may be on any legal topic.
Please note: not all modules may be offered in any single semester, or indeed in any single academic year, but every effort will be made to accommodate your wishes

LLM awards with Specific Subject Designators
To receive a specific named award, such as the LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics, you must study at least 30 credits worth of taught modules in the designated subject area and your dissertation must also be in that area. Where there is the possibility of a number of named routes being available, you will be able to select the designation of your award when you submit your dissertation.
DEGREE CLASSIFICATION
Masters degrees are awarded in three classifications: pass, merit and distinction.

Where Next
Apply directly to Staffordshire University
For more information about LLM please visit the Law School Webpage
The LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics is particularly suited to medical practitioners who wish to retrain/gain a legal perspective or undertake legal training as part of their Continuous Professional Development, and Law students seeking a specialist route prior to commencing an LPC/BVC. For a full range of career opportunities, please refer to the general LLM award

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Study the ethical and legal issues that arise in medical and healthcare practice, and produce a significant piece of independent research work in your Major Project. Read more
Study the ethical and legal issues that arise in medical and healthcare practice, and produce a significant piece of independent research work in your Major Project.

Overview

Medical law and ethics is a fascinating field of study as advances in research and new technologies shift the boundaries of medicine. New health issues are continually emerging and patient rights are increasingly taking centre stage. Complex medico-legal dilemmas are arising in healthcare practice and in the relationships between patients and healthcare professionals. You’ll find that many of the issues we cover on this course are highly topical.

Over the course of two years, you’ll explore the moral problems faced by medical and healthcare professionals, learn about issues that may raise legal liability in these areas, and reflect upon the legal, social and ethical context in which healthcare law is situated.

Our optional modules will allow you to tailor the course to your own particular interests. You’ll be able to explore these in greater depth in your Major Project, by undertaking a significant piece of independent research in your chosen topic.

You’ll benefit from working with students from medical, healthcare and legal backgrounds who will bring different experiences and viewpoints to the subject.

Delivered in short, intensive blocks of teaching, this part-time course is accessible to busy medical and legal professionals. It's taught jointly by staff from by Anglia Law School and our Faculty of Medical Science, reflecting its inter-professional ethos.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/medical-law-and-ethics

Careers

If you’re working in the medical or healthcare fields and want to move into a more senior position, our course will help to enhance your CV. By developing specialist academic expertise in the field of medical law you’ll broaden your knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical context in which you work.

Our course will also provide a sound basis for continuing your studies at PhD level, particularly if you have a law degree.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules:
Applied Ethics in the Medical and Healthcare Context
Medical and Healthcare Law

Year two, core modules:
Major Project

Year two, optional modules:
Integrated Governance and Compliance Frameworks in Healthcare Communities
Legal and Ethical Issues Throughout Life
Medical Law and Ethics in the Care of Older People

Assessment

You’ll show your understanding of the modules through written coursework. Meanwhile, the Major Project will let you draw on your own professional background and/or personal interests to produce an original, extended piece of writing.

Where you'll study

Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

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