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Health, Bioethics and Law MA

Course Description

The programme will enable you to critically explore key issues in bioethics and law in terms of legal principles and philosophical concepts. Co-taught by the Birmingham Law School and the Department of Philosophy, the programme takes an interdisciplinary approach which caters to the needs of those from a variety of backgrounds. The programme is ideal for healthcare professionals, intercalating medical students, philosophers or anyone interested in the issues at the intersection of healthcare, ethics and law.

Course content

You will take two core modules:

- Global Bioethics
- Human Rights and Healthcare Law

You will then choose three optional modules from the following:

- Criminal Law and Medicine
- European Health Law
- Global Ethics
- Mentally Disordered Offenders and the Law
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- Value of Life

You will also take a research skills module and complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Philosophy graduates develop a range of skills, including good articulation, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sounds arguments, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from the civil service to finance. Historically, over 96% of our Philosophy students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Health, Bioethics and Law MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a humanities, social sciences or medicine subject

Course Fees

£6,840 FT, £3,420 PT (UK/EU); £15,540 FT only (overseas)

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