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PGDip Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning)

Course content

Course overview

  • You are interested in healthcare ethics and law, and how the two disciplines interact
  • You want to learn how philosophical and medico-legal issues can be resolved in a healthcare setting
  • You want the flexibility to pursue your ethical and legal interests in a virtual learning environment

Open days

Open days for the academic year 2019/20 will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018, click herefor further information.

The 2018 Law Fair in Manchester will be held Tuesday 13 November 2018, 12.30pm - 4.00pm at Manchester Central, Manchester M2 3GX. Click here for more information


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167 per annum 
  • International students (per annum): £6,167 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Entry requirements

English language

Students not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI 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 / Advanced: minimum 185 Overall, with 185 in writing and 180 in all other sub categories;
  • Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories. 

The School will also refer applicants who meet the necessary entry requirements to the University's pre-sessional English language courses . The entry requirements for these language courses are:

  • 6 week course (PS6) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories;
  • 10 week course (PS10) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories.

Booking deadlines apply.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

Application and selection

How to apply

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • One academic references on letter headed paper.

We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referee knows how to provide your reference to us. The reference must be submitted on official headed paper or from an official organisational email address, it can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to

  • Transcripts of your studies to date, officially translated into English
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • If you are not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI we will also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application.

Apply online

We encourage applications to be submitted by 15th June however applications submitted up to 15th September will be considered due to the learning nature of this course

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 6,000 words for the three 30 credit Core course units.

Course unit details

Students will be required to complete 120 credits comprised of taught course units (each of 15 or 30 credits value) over two years.

The Core course units for the  distance learning   course  are:

  • Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits)
  • Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits)
  • International Issues in Healthcare Ethics and Law (30 credits)

Students must choose  optional  course units to a total value of 30 credits from the following list:

  • Medicine, Law and Society (15 credits)
  • Mental Health Law and Policy (15 credits)
  • Research Ethics (15 credits)
  • Ethics Genetics and Genomics (15 credits)

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 PGDip Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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