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.
Scholarships for postgraduate Healthcare Ethics and Law students
No. of awards TBC
Master's funding The School of Law offers a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course. Alumni Loyalty Bursary Scheme £3,000 reduction on tuition fees for University of Manchester graduates Available to students who have received a first class honours degree and apply for master's study within three years of graduating Available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning For further information see the Alumni Loyalty Bursary page http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/alumni-bursary-scheme/Scholarships for postgraduate Healthcare Ethics and Law students Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home, £14,500 full time international, £7,250 international distance learning), for the academic year 2015-16 Available to applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study a campus based or distance learning LLM or MA for the academic year 2015-16 by 30 June 2015 and a have a first class honours degree or equivalent For further information see below-
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees (£6,500 full time home, £3,250 part time home,
Available to applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study a campus based or distance learning LLM or MA for the academic year 2015-16 by 30 June 2015 and a have a first class honours degree or equivalent
For further information see the Scholarships for postgraduate Healthcare Ethics and Law students pagehttp://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught/ethics-students/
MA 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.
Recipient: University of Manchester
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