The MSc in Health Care 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.
The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the University of Manchester
is one of world's leading centres for the study of medical ethics and medical law. The Intercalated MSc course is designed to provide medical students with an opportunity to study in depth the moral and legal issues that they will face as medics or researchers, and which they possibly do already face as students. Students will, through carefully-designed lectures, discussions, and papers from visiting speakers, be introduced to the full range of ethico-legal controversies as they apply to medicine, and be encouraged to use the conceptual tools they will acquire to formulate solutions to those controversies and contribute to ongoing debates. Students will also be required to complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of their choice; this gives an opportunity to define and defend a precise and sophisticated position in respect of a given problem - and it is not unknown for past intercalating students to use their dissertations as the basis for papers that appear in international peer-reviewed journals.
The intercalated degree will be useful in career terms. Intercalating in ethics and law offers specific advantages: notably, it demonstrates an ability to think in an inter-disciplinary way, and to be able to deal with a number of conceptual challenges. Additionally, students who have studied ethics and law can expect to find themselves better equipped than they otherwise would have been to solve ethico-legal dilemmas that they might meet on the ward or - more importantly, perhaps - simply to spot them. Increasingly, too, medical researchers have to demonstrate compliance with certain ethical demands, and so an intercalated degree in ethics and law ought to be useful when it comes to planning research. Finally, studying with us should reflect interests and concerns that most people have anyway, whether they know it or not. After all: deciding to be a medic in the first place involves deciding on what would be good to do and why - and if that's not ethics, nothing is!
Coursework and assessment
All taught modules will be assessed by a written coursework essay submitted in January (for semester one modules) and May/June (for semester two modules). Assessment by coursework alone will allow for extended analysis and argument.
The 12,000-15,000 word dissertation will be submitted in August (just prior to resuming your medical studies).
Course unit details
The intercalated MSc has 6 taught modules and a dissertation module, plus a number of unassessed but compulsory components.
Three of the assessed taught modules will be core; the remaining three will be optional (although the range of available modules will vary according to staff availability).
Philosophical Bioethics (30 credits)
Medico-Legal Problems (30 credits)
Global Health, Law and Bioethics (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
In addition, a range of optional modules will be made available
The course is open to all medical students from UK medical schools who have completed three years of undergraduate study (subject to approval by the relevant medical school).The one-year course is open to suitably qualified medical students who take a year out of their medical degree to study Health Care Ethics and Law.
MSc (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500 International students (per annum): £14,500