About This Masters Degree
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law is provided by The School of Law.
Students complete 5 course units and an independent research dissertation.
This programme aims to provide the highest quality training in healthcare ethics and health law.
Students will gain an expert knowledge and understanding of ethical and medico-legal theories, and the skills needed to apply them to real world scenarios in a diverse range of contexts. You will cover a wide variety of ethical and legal subjects including autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, the moral status of the foetus, resource allocation, genetic testing, HIV testing, medical malpractice, clinical negligence, organ and tissue transplantation, fertility treatment, genetic manipulation, research ethics, stem cell research and euthanasia.
Although no attendance at the University is required for this programme, we do encourage all students to attend Study Days that are held each year, as a way of meeting both staff and fellow students involved in the programme. Students are also encouraged to participate in online discussion groups.
Students are also provided with one-to-one tutorial support from staff at the Centre via email, telephone or on campus throughout the programme.
Coursework and assessment
At the end of each of the course units for our distance learning courses, students are required to submit an essay of 4,000 words (for course units to the value of 15 credits) or 7,000 words (for course units to the value of 30 credits).
MA students are also required to submit a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words on a subject of their choice.
Course unit details
The MA in Healthcare Ethics & Law is comprised of 5 course units and an independent research dissertation. The delivery of these course units is via interactive learning texts which guide you through the areas of study and point you in the direction of further reading.
Students complete one course unit at a time so that they can focus on the issues in hand. You get around 3.5 months to complete each 30 credit course and 2.5 months for the 15 credit courses allowing plenty of time to complete the work while working full time, for instance. Each course unit is made up of 10-15 sections, which represent the equivalent of (approximately) an hour-and-a-half lecture with reading (usually around 2-3 papers or chapters).
PG Dip available upon enquiry
Students whose first language is not English 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: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.
Healthcare Ethics and Law (Distance Learning) MA
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MA applicants must hold a minimum Upper Second Class honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, law, philosophy, nursing, religious studies). In exceptional circumstances candidates who do not have first degree, but who can demonstrate professional competence, may be admitted on the Postgraduate Diploma course.Candidates without a first degree may register for the Postgraduate Diploma and then considered for transfer to the MA. A decision as to whether transfer can take place will be made once marks for taught components are available. Transfer is dependent upon the student reaching Master's level in the taught modules.
MA UK/EU students: £3,250 per annum OS students: £14,500 over two years UK/EU students per annum: £2,166 per annum, OS students £9,666 over two years