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Medical Law & Ethics MA

Course Description

The Medical Law and Ethics Master's degree provides an opportunity to examine the structure and operation of the legal system in England and Wales, to look critically at the real life impact of law on practice within the medical care system and to do this in the context of an understanding of the ethical problems that arise in health care.

The Medical Law & Ethics course provides a basis for critical reflection on the ethical value-judgements that are found in medicine with a particular focus on those issues relating to birth and death. It then looks at the operation of the legal system and in detail at the impact of legislation and the courts on the provision of medical care.

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

Teaching on the MA Medical Law & Ethics takes place in 3 or 4 day blocks rather than weekly attendance.
The course is run by research active staff with significant experience of study and teaching in this area.

Course Structure

Students of Medical Law and Ethics will study on a part-time basis.

Part one modules are taught over two years, and dissertations must be submitted by 15th October of the third year.

Each module in part one involves attendance at a three or four day teaching conference followed by a one-day seminar approximately one month later.


Each module studied in part one will be assessed by an assignment which has a pass mark of 50%.

Staff Expertise

The MA Medical Law and Ethics team are experts in their field. Please see a number of selected publications below:

Richard Griffith & Cassam Tengnah, Law and Professional Issues in Nursing, Exeter: Learning Matters (2008)
Hugh Upton, ‘Rationing: the loss of a concept’, Journal of Medical Ethics 37/7 (2011).
Hugh Upton, ‘Presumed consent and organ donation’, Clinical Ethics 7/3 (2012)

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.


In addition, Medical Law & Ethics students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

Visit the Medical Law & Ethics MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Medical Law & Ethics MA should hold either a relevant degree (usually of grade 2:2 or above) or have a period of professional experience in a relevant field. If you would like further information on entry requirements or have a query regarding your eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact us.The MA Medical Law and Ethics is not available to international students.

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