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Course content

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.


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.

Visit the Healthcare Ethics (Distance Learning) - PGCert page on the University of Manchester website for more details!





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